Paul Hamann is the former head of BBC Documentaries & History and was annually responsible for over 200 hours of television for BBC One and Two, including the landmark strands and series Inside Story, Reputations, Timewatch, Rough Justice, 40 Minutes, Simon Schama’s History of Britain and Michael Palin’s various journeys.
Under Paul’s leadership, the department trebled its output and won more awards than any other area of British television.
Paul has received many awards for his own work. They include a BAFTA for Best Documentary Series for The Duty Men about British undercover drug agents; and the BFI’s Grierson Award for Fourteen Days in May, a moving and hard-hitting documentary about the execution of an innocent young black man in Mississippi who went to the gas chamber, which won five further international awards.
Since establishing Wild Pictures, Paul has executive produced over 100 hours of prime time television including an exclusive film inside the Kremlin, Putin’s Palace; Execution of a Teenage Girl, which won the Amnesty Best Documentary award; and The Factory for ITV Exposure, which took on Britain’s richest man and the dubious practices of ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steel company.
Paul is responsible for many acclaimed, high-rating, prime-time series and one offs for ITV, BBC and Channel 4 including Her Majesty’s Prison; Aylesbury, Her Majesty’s Prison: Norwich, Strangeways, In the Line of Fire, Holloway, Wormwood Scrubs, Fraud Squad, Smugglers, Kids Behind Bars, In Charlie Chaplin’s Footsteps with Terry Jones, Abducted, Mr & Mrs: Meet the Mediators, The Forgotten Children and Women Who Kill.
Wild is currently busy with many prime time one-offs and several further prime-time series.
The Observer voted him the ‘Documentary Maker’s Documentary Maker‘.