Documentary Production Roadmap: HISTORY / ARCHIVE




Eighteen unique Case Studies of archive-based productions


  • 90+ pages of detailed research
  • Compelling Takeaways to help you succeed now
  • Numerous links to trailers, websites, Kickstarter campaigns, and additional resources
  • Distribution of U.S. Cable & Satellite Channels
  • Network Audience: U.S. Average Prime Time
  • And much more!

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Eighteen Case Studies of award-winning productions

Concept, Development, Archive Research, Budget, Funding, Pitch, Network Deal, Archive Research, Production, Post, Delivery, Distribution, TakeawaysDOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ROADMAP: History - Archive cover

Each of these 18 Case Studies tells the unique story of an archive-based documentary, primetime special or series:

  • The Beatles: Eight Days A Week (Ron Howard-directs a $10 Mn +/- budget. Unique access.)
  • Australia’s Stadium Documentary project (Big brands, government agencies and a sport leagues fund a highly creative project)
  • Pompeii Rising (A €1.6 Mn Copro from France’s Gedeon Productions)
  • The Siege of Mecca (ARTE, NDR-Germany, PBS International)
  • United Skates (Tribeca audience award-winner +HBO)
  • Letters from Baghdad (Successful theatrical run + BBC)
  • Native America ($3-4 Mn budget Signature PBS series)
  • MLK: The Assassination Tapes (Peabody Award-winner Tom Jennings)
  • The Fidel Castro Tapes (PBS/NGC International Co-production)
  • The Archive Comes Back in the ‘Post-Schedule Documentary Economy’
  • Challenger Disaster: The Lost Tapes (Nat Geo event reaches 171 countries! From Tom Jennings)
  • Every Face Has a Name (4K archive conversion creates value for Scandi producers)
  • BESA: The Promise (From veteran U.S. factual producer JWM Productions)
  • A Shot to Save the World (Pittsburgh non-profit creates Smithsonian / BBC hit with Bill Gates. Peter Hamilton co-EP)
  • The LOST Kennedy Home Movies (History Channel U.S. special from veteran producer)
  • An Aussie / ABBA Love Doc (A $500k Aussie production)
  • Plimpton! (from New York-based indie producers)
  • Dino Stampede (ABC Australia, Smithsonian Networks)

Producers, distributors and program buyers describe projects from concept through funding to distribution. Plus my analysis!

The information is based on interviews with insiders as well as outside experts.

The study as a whole provides a unique mosaic of invaluable information for current or aspiring participants in the rapidly expanding History genre.

Projects range across artful documentaries, hit reality series, Giant Screen releases, and online factual content.

My Case Studies identify the key success factors for U.S. and international projects, including UK, Europe and Australia.

The History Archive Case Study 18-pack is an invaluable resource for producers, network executives, researchers and newcomers to the documentary industry.