HISTORY CASE STUDIES: Ten Documentary Success Stories



Ten unique Case Studies of archive-based productions:

  • An Aussie/ABBA Love Story ‘How Local Can Trump Global’
  • The LOST Kennedy Home Movies: Revealing a lost family Archive
  • Plimpton! A Crowd-funding & Kickstarter Campaign
  • MLK Assassination: The archive tells the story… cinematically
  • Fidel Castro: A PBS / Nat Geo Coproduction
  • The Challenger Disaster for Nat Geo: The archive delivers emotion to an Emmy winner from Tom Jennings
  • Kennedy Family archive revealed for History
  • Every Face Has A Name: A Swedish WW2 archive is converted to 4k
  • A Shot To Save The World: Bill Gates hosts my special on Jonas Salk for Smithsonian Networks and BBC
  • Letters From Baghdad: Archive plus actors in a beautiful $1+ million theatrical doc


  • 60+ pages of detailed research
  • Compelling Takeaways to help you succeed
  • 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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Ten Case Studies

Concept, Development, Archive Research, Budget, Funding, Pitch, Network Deal, Archive Research, Production, Post, Delivery, Distribution, Takeaways

Each of these 10 Case Studies tells the unique story of an archive-based documentary, primetime special or series.

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 10-pack is an invaluable resource for producers, network executives, researchers and newcomers to the documentary industry.