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  • International Documentary Buyer's Guide 2014-15

Workshops & Presentations

Peter Hamilton leads workshops that focus on competitive business strategies for network executives and producers.

The workshops may include additional consultants with special expertise, for example in budgeting or Legal & Business Affairs.

  • At MIPDoc 2014, Peter joined Off-the-Fence’s Bo Stehmeier for a sold-out session on “Money Matters: Finding Finance.” (Photo below)

MIPTV / MIPDOC 2014 - CONFERENCES - MONEY MATTERS & FINDING FINANCE WORKSHOP

  • Dentsu and Bang Communications initiated a workshop in Tokyo for Japanese producers who are compelled to respond to the March 2011 earthquake and Tsunami, and who are seeking to better understand how to earn commissions and copro’s with North American and European partners.
  • A January 2013 Paris workshop was sponsored the USPA. It was followed by a presentation on trends in history programming at a Colloquium of French industry leaders held at the Sorbonne University.

Workshops may extend from a half-day presentations to two days of analysis involving case studies and problem solving.
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Recent topics have included:

  • Financing Nonfiction Content
  • Best Practices for Networks in Program Development
  • Reality Series Budgets and Templates
  • Manging Talent Expectations and Deals for Character-based Series
  • How US Networks Develop and Commission Factual Programs
  • Budget Templates for Documentaries
  • Trends in Deal Terms for Factual Commissions
  • Giant Screen / IMAX and 3D: Trends and Opportunities
  • Coproductions for Documentaries
  • Trends in the Single Doc Economy
  • Agents: How Valuable?
  • Canada: Twinning and Treaty Coproductions
  • How to Manage Music Rights and Royalties

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Photos: Paris Colloquium 2013, courtesy Laetitia Duguet

WESTDOC 2013: Producers’ Master Class

The Master Class cut through the clutter of concerns about selling a show and got to the essential points that would prepare a project for success in the market place. I particularly found valuable the metaphor of network television as an evolving ecosystem. Given the fact that documentaries are a niche endeavor in general, it helped to begin thinking of the marketplace for programs as a pursuit for the best environments for survival, as opposed to trying to “break in” to the rarefied regions of network decision makers.

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