On the beach at Cannes.
Thanks to my readers, clients, sponsors, partners and friends for a great year in the life of DocumentaryTelevision.com and Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc.
This year’s highlights:
BBC / Attenborough Credits.
- BBC4 broadcast The Polio Story: The Vaccine That Changed The World, which I had earlier and proudly co-EP’d for the Smithsonian Channel as The Shot That Changed The World, featuring Bill Gates.
- I also served as Development Executive for David Attenborough’s upcoming Reefs series for BBC.
Analysis & Context
- Our sponsor ITN Source supported our coverage of the archive, including Case Studies like Every Face Has A Name from Denmark and Sweden.
- We published more than 50 original, weekly posts, covering the ever-changing documentary/unscripted sector.
- Our analysis of the emerging VOD marketplace was amongst the most-widely read posts.
- We enjoyed working on strategies and solutions for governments, investors, professional associations, networks, producers and foundations.
Markets and Conferences
I attended and led workshops and panels, including:
- Realscreen Summit, Washington DC
- Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Market
- MIPDOC and MIPTV, Cannes
- Onscreen Manitoba, Winnipeg
- ATFT South Africa, Jo’burg, Durban and Cape Town
- Sunnny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle
- WCSFP, Vienna
Thanks to the programmers for their invitations, and to the participants for being so engaged!
- We proudly partnered with Sunny Side of the Doc to publish the Sunny Side Global Documentary Decision Makers Guide.
- Our valued ‘Sweet Spots‘ Study features production cost benchmarks for U.S. networks for their documentaries and unscripted programs.
- Read about my other original publications about the business of the business.
- My work and interests often lead to fascinating events.
- One of these was the celebration in Washington of 75 years of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Australia.
- It was a partnership forged when Australia was under dire threat.
- I chatted with Deputy PM & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop (below) about strategies for promoting the Australia’s film and television industry in the U.S.
Where It Started…
- My passion for publishing began in Melbourne when I edited my high school newspaper.
- I used to take the tram into the city to hang out at Testro’s, the printers. I loved the industrial smell of hot lead, ink and paper, and the clacking of linotype machines and printing presses.
- Today, using WordPress and Constant Contact, I can silently reach my 16,000 mailing list for a fraction of the cost of even a monthly, mailed newsletter way back then.
- I still miss the vibe of a ‘real’ printer.
- My masthead is how I imagine DocumentaryTelevision.com would look if it were set in hot lead.