Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Since 1987, I have directed Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc, helping clients to create successful businesses in the documentary film & television sector.


My corporate clients have included CBS, Discovery Inc, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Networks, NBC, BBC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Global Canal + and Weather Channel.

For established players and newcomers, I assess concepts and strategies, study markets, create business plans, identify partners and negotiate deals, develop marketing strategies, and work on their successful implementation.

My firm has helped plan and launch dozens of factual platforms worldwide. Notably, I developed and helped execute the business plan for Discovery International.


I help foundations, professional associations, educational institutions and family philanthropies to create documentary content that fulfills their mission by ‘moving the needle’ of audience awareness and action.

Clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Paul Allen’s Vulcan Foundation, the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations, Wildlife Conservation Foundation, the Dalio Foundation, Associated Universities, Inc, and Sundance Institute.


I work with independent producers and production companies to plan, develop, pitch and complete deals. The work often involves partnering with colleagues who are expert in particular genres or who have senior-level skills such as writing compelling pitches or negotiating distribution deals. 

Audience Research

We provide comprehensive audience analysis related to your program or series based on detailed Nielsen, Comscore, BARB and other costly proprietary research data. My partner is industry veteran John Morse whose firm Byron Media serves leading networks and producers as well as start ups.


My government clients have included South Africa’s Department of Trade & Industry, Singapore’s IMDA, Abu Dhabi’s Investment Authority, Screen Australia, and Enterprise Ireland. This practice involves developing a national strategy for the client’s unscripted television sector, and training local producers to compete in the global marketplace.

Founder / Publisher / Editor

My newsletter Documentary Business is my ‘indispensable’ platform for sharing current industry analysis with more than 25,000 network executives, producers and professionals in 150+ countries.

Moderating the plenary session
 on Coproduction Trends at Sunny Side of the Doc, 2019

Speaking / Training

I am a frequent speaker, panelist and programming advisor at leading media industry events, notably MIPDoc, Real Screen Summit and Sunny Side of the Doc.

My workshops on business strategy for network executives and producers have included a series in South African cities for the Department of Trade & Industry, and at the Sorbonne University for French industry leaders.

Bill Gates in “A Shot to Save The World”

Executive Producer

In 2021, PBS and Love Nature will premiere “Osprey”, director/cinematographer Jacob Steinberg’s beautiful blue chip Natural History special. I am executive producer.

For the Smithsonian Channel and BBC, I served as the executive produced “A Shot To Save The World,” a bio doc about Jonas Salk and his discovery of the polio vaccine. Bill Gates is the film’s presenter, and his foundation supported its development.

As development executive for “Great Barrier Reef” I introduced David Attenborough to Ray Dalio, the hedge fund executive whose Alucia research vessel served as the richly-equipped exploration platform for the series.

David Attenborough goes under in “Great Barrier Reef”


A former CBS executive, I had earlier earned my MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and prior was educated at UMelbourne.


I enjoy content partnerships with France’s Sunny Side of the Doc, a leader among European industry events, and Desktop Documentaries, Faith Fuller’s source of invaluable instructional and curriculum materials for emerging documentary producers.

Consulting Teams

I am based in New York. My senior associates are located in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.


  1. Peter:

    … I saw your posting on LinkedIn’s Documentary and Reality Television Production group and followed to your website. I mainly wanted to congratulate you on your website and the service you’re providing. Absolutely fascinating — and certainly informative. Keep up the great work!


    Richard Mackenzie.

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