I lead workshops that focus on developing competitive business and editorial strategies for network executives and producers.
I often team up with colleagues who share their special expertise, for example in creative development, budgeting, legal & business affairs, and distribution.
Recent topics that are the subject of keen interest in my consulting practice have included:
- U.S. Networks: What They Want. What is the Deal?
- How to Finance a Documentary
- Best Practices for Networks in Program Development
- Reality Series: Budgets and Deals
- Managing Talent Expectations and Deals for Character-based Series
- How US Networks Develop and Commission Factual Programs
- Ten Takeaways on Preparing for an International Market
- How to create a Winning Pitch
- Budget Templates for Documentaries
- Trends in Audience Research Tools for Programmers
- Giant Screen / IMAX, 3D and VR: Trends and Opportunities
- Coproduction Trends for History Documentaries
- Agents: How Valuable?
- How to Manage Television Music Rights and Royalties
Workshops and master classes may extend from a half-day presentation to two days of analysis involving case studies and problem solving.
Delegates receive my proprietary research studies, for example my “Sweet Spots” study on what networks pay for programs.
Some workshops leave me with unforgettable memories:
- South Africa’s dti funded an initiative by ATFT to prepare the country’s emerging producers to attend major markets. I led workshops in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town, and then worked with delegations at Sunny Side, MIPTV and Science Producers Congress.
- Dentsu and Bang Communications held a workshop in Tokyo for Japanese producers who were compelled to respond to the Great Eastern Earthquake and Tsunami, and who were seeking to better understand how to earn commissions and copro’s with North American and European partners.
- At NEWF 2018 I joined Nat Geo’s Dustin Renwick and Yolanda Mogatusi to help prepare the talented N.E.W. Pitch candidates for their 10 minutes before the judges. (Photo above).
Distribution Trends at Columbia University; History Trends at Sunny Side; SVOD Success Factors at MIPDoc; Budgeting Best Practices at Real Screen; Marketing Strategies for Manitoba Producers; Program Development Strategies for IMDA Singapore; The Beatles Archive at Sunny Side; LIVE! Wildlife at Wildscreen; Online Distribution Trends at AIDC; Copro Trends at MIPDoc
Producers’ Master Class, Los Angeles: coverage in Huffington Post is here.
“Peter’s Master Class cut through my clutter of concerns about selling a show and got to the essential points that would prepare a project for success in the market place. I particularly found valuable the metaphor of network television as an evolving ecosystem. Given the fact that documentaries are a niche endeavor in general, it helped to begin thinking of the marketplace for programs as a pursuit for the best environments for survival, as opposed to trying to “break in” to the rarefied regions of network decision makers.”
A Little Bio
I taught junior high for several years in Australia after my graduation. It was at Sunshine Tech in Melbourne’s very rough Western Suburbs.
I often say: “I never worked so hard, but have rarely been so satisfied!” My workshops keep the tradition alive.