Since 1987, I have directed Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc where I help my clients to create value related to video content.
My mission is to share my senior-level expertise in the unscripted and documentary sector of the global television and film business.
My corporate clients have included Discovery Communications, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Networks, NBC, BBC Worldwide, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Global Canal +, and Weather Channel.
For established players and newcomers, I assess concepts and strategies, undertake market studies, create business plans, identify partners, develop marketing strategies, and work on their successful implementation.
My firm has helped plan and launch dozens of factual networks worldwide. Notably, I developed and helped execute the business plan for Discovery International, now a $10 Billion enterprise.
I help foundations, professional associations, educational institutions and family philanthopies to create documentary content that fulfills their mission.
Clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Paul Allen’s Vulcan Foundation, Rockefeller Foundations, Wildlife Conservation Foundation, American Universities, Inc, and Sundance Institute.
I work with individual producers and production companies to plan, develop, pitch and complete deals for their projects. The work often involves engaging valued colleagues who are expert in particular genres or who have skills such as writing compelling treatments or negotiating distribution deals.
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 work has involved 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 DocumentaryBusiness.com, formerly DocumentaryTelevision.com, is my ‘indispensable’ platform for sharing my current industry analysis with more than 20,000 network executives, producers and professionals in 150+ countries.
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.
For the Smithsonian Channel and BBC, I served as the co-executive producer of “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.
I later served as Development Executive for David Attenborough’s “Great Barrier Reef.” I was responsible for introducing Attenborough to Ray Dalio, the hedge fund executive, philanthopist and owner of the Alucia research vessel which served as the richly-equipped exploration platform for the series.
A former CBS executive, I had earlier earned my MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and prior was educated at The University of Melbourne.
I am based in New York. My senior associates are based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
CLIENTS: Select List, 1986-Present
Discovery Communications Inc
National Geographic Society
Sesame Workshop International
Blue Ant Media
BBC – Americas
Booz.Allen & Hamilton
Alliance Atlantis Communications
KQED San Francisco
National Geographic Channel
Public Radio International
WNET New York
Europe & Middle East
Asia & Australasia
Beijing Television Networks
Natural History New Zealand
I work with leading non-profits on their business development efforts. A frequent assignment is to create an “enterprises” strategy that successfully leverages the client’s media rights and their access to stories without compromising their core mission, assets and non-profit status.
National Geographic Society
Wildlife Conservation Society
ATFT South Africa
Associated Universities, Inc.
Government agencies engage Peter Hamilton Consultants Inc to develop and help implement policies that expand the local production and distribution platforms, and to gain access to international markets. Clients have included:
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
dti South Africa
Private philanthropies decide to fund documentaries on topics that advance their mission, but the family members discover that they lack vital knowledge of the television and theatrical distribution landscape. I provide them with detailed information on the scale of the opportunity, including the key risk factors. I share the underlying business practices in the documentary field, including budget benchmarks, standard terms with producers, international and educational licensing deals, and in securing online distribution with Amazon and Netflix. I typically introduce the client to my network of network executives, expert attorneys, production budget managers, distributors, press agents and more.