Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Since 1987, I have directed Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc, helping my clients to create value by applying my senior-level expertise in the business of 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, 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 philanthropies to create documentary content that fulfills their mission.

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 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. 

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, formerly, is my ‘indispensable’ platform for sharing my current industry analysis with more than 20,000 network executives, producers and professionals in 150+ countries.

Moderating the plenary session
 on Copro 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

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.

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 The University of Melbourne.

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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