Beyond Productions UK has hired Hamo Forsyth (pictured) as its new creative director, factual.
Forsyth is tasked with the development of factual content for UK commissions as well as working with counterparts in Beyond’s Australian and U.S. offices on copro opportunities.
Forsyth will report into Beyond Productions’ president John Luscombe, and will work closely with Damon Pattison, also a creative director in the UK office, who focuses primarily on formatted entertainment and factual entertainment.
Prior to joining Beyond, Forsyth’s most recent projects include serving as showrunner/executive producer for Wall to Wall on Apple TV’s landmark series Becoming You and as co-executive producer for Nutopia on a major, yet-to-be-named, documentary series for a global streaming platform.
He was executive producer and head of programs at The Garden Productions for six years, working on a range of shows including the successful series 24 Hours in Police Custody and 24 Hours in A&E. Before that he was at North One TV, where he worked across the Channel 4 series How Britain Worked with Guy Martin, and prior to that, he was at the BBC where projects included Donald Trump: All-American Billionaire, The Foods That Make Billions and Mary Portas: Save Our Shops. He also originated and piloted BBC One’s Rogue Restaurants and long-running Rogue Traders series.
In addition, he spent four years in New York as a series producer for BBC Productions, producing and directing several local factual entertainment formats, including Honey We’re Killing the Kids USA and What Not to Wear USA.
“This is a fantastic brief for me, and I relish the challenge of helping Damon to drive the Beyond Productions business in the UK, while also being part of, and contributing to, the larger international business,” Forsyth said in a statement. “There is a great appetite for strong factual content at the moment, both from UK broadcasters and the global streamers, and my experience of working with both means I look forward to creating fresh content that will be in demand here and overseas.”