Hugh Ballantyne

Hugh is an Emmy nominated and international award-winning producer and director. He has gained a reputation for creating powerful and emotive character-driven specialist factual television and drama documentaries. He tackles big subjects, which he makes accessible through his character; whether exploring the underbelly of society or bringing the past to the present, through epic multi-million pound history series.


He is known for his visually striking films, to which he brings an innovative style and cinematic approach. Hugh’s films span a range of genres including history, crime, science, religion, travel, art and culture. He has made films for ITV, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, SKY 1, CH7 [Australia] and CNN. Hugh has extensive experience in directing actors, presenters and the general public. He has a strong background in directing dynamic action and complex CGI sequences.

He draws on a breadth of storytelling skills, including writing and directing short films, high-end music videos and powerful films for brands such as Converse and Warner Music. Hugh graduated from the Sydney Film School in 2003. Previously, he worked as an Architect.

Hugh has developed, written and won multi-million dollar television proposals for some of the UK’s leading independent production companies, including Raw, Brook Lapping and Nutopia. He regularly lectures in Film and TV at both Westminster and Sussex Universities.

Hugh holds both British & Australian passports and is permitted to work in both territories. He currently holds a R1 US work permit, valid until 2023.

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