Paul Hamann is the Creative Director and MD of Wild Pictures.
Wild Pictures has transmitted over 100 diverse documentaries, from an exclusive film inside the Kremlin, Putin’s Palace and the much-awarded film, Execution of a Teenage Girl, to In Charlie Chaplin’s Footsteps with Terry Jones. Paul is also responsible for many acclaimed prime time series, which include In the Line of Fire, Fraud Squad, Baby Hospital, Holloway, Wormwood Scrubs, Strangeways, Her Majesty’s Prison Aylesbury and recently 2 acclaimed BBC series with Miriam Margolyes – Miriam’s Big American Adventure and Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure.
Wild currently has several other series and films in production, including prime time films with Helena Bonham Carter, Kristen Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance and Carey Mulligan and its first feature film in development.
Before Wild, Paul was the Creative Director at Shine Limited, where he built a large factual department with a wide range of commissions including an 8 part ITV series inside the MET’s Murder Squad; inside Royal navy flagship HMS Ark Royal during the Gulf conflict; Macintyre’s Millions; Warrior School; Snatched and A Tale of Two Alis for C4’s Cutting Edge; the multi award-winning The Day I’ll Never Forget about the barbaric practise of female circumcision; The Death Belt about the death penalty system in the Southern States of the U.S.A; the award winning My Shakespeare with Baz Luhrmann for C4; and Shine’s acclaimed first feature film Bullet Boy for BBC Films and The Film Council, which premiered at the London Film Festival.
Paul is also the former Head of BBC Documentaries & History, where he was responsible for over 200 hours of television for BBC 1 and 2 annually, including Inside Story, Airport, Children’s Hospital, Reputations, Timewatch, Rough Justice, Simon Schama’s History of Britain, Inside the Royal Opera House, several series inside Whitehall Ministries and Michael Palin’s various travel 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, including a BAFTA for ‘Best Documentary Series’ for The Duty Men, about British undercover drug agents (and wrote the accompanying bestselling book). He also received the BFI’s Grierson Award for Fourteen Days in May, a hard-hitting feature documentary on the execution of an innocent young black man in Mississippi, who went to the gas chamber – which also won five further international awards.
The Observer voted him the ‘Documentary Maker’s Documentary Maker.’