Hamish Hamilton (director)

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Hamish Hamilton
Mark Hamilton

(1966-04-08) 8 April 1966 (age 58)
Blackpool, England
Years active1995–present
Known forMusic video and television director
AwardsBritish Academy Television Craft Awards (2013)[1]

Hamish Hamilton (born Mark Hamilton; 8 April 1966) is a British director. He has directed the Super Bowl halftime show annually since 2010. He has also directed the Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards, and worked with music artists such as Mariah Carey, Eminem, Madonna, The Who and U2.[2] He directed the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Life and career[edit]

Hamilton was born in Blackpool, UK.[3] His career began at BBC Scotland, where he was trained as a producer and director. His early work included a stint directing the acclaimed BBC travel series Rough Guide to the World. Whilst at BBC Manchester he began directing studio-based entertainment shows, including The Sunday Show. Hamilton is also a partner in global televised live event production company Done + Dusted.[4]

In February 2010, after 15 years directing prominent multicamera-based television and DVD projects he directed the 82nd Annual Academy Awards and the Super Bowl halftime show.[5][6] He has directed live concert DVDs for U2, Beyoncé, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, Mötley Crüe and Phil Collins.[2] His award show credits include the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, and Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows between 2003 and 2015.

In 2012, Hamilton directed the televising of the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was the broadcast director for the 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham.

He was awarded the BAFTA Special Award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 28 April 2013.[1][7] Hamilton won a second BAFTA for Multi-Camera Directing the London Olympic Opening Ceremonies,[8][9] and was nominated for an Emmy.[10] He received an honorary doctorate from Stirling University in June 2019.[11]

Selected videography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hamish Hamilton: Special Award Recipient in 2013". BAFTA. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Hamish Hamilton – Credits – Done+Dusted". Done and Dusted. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  3. ^ Hamish Hamilton at IMDb
  4. ^ "People - Done+Dusted".
  5. ^ "Oscars Pick Director, Unveil Documentary Shortlist". ABC News.
  6. ^ "Oscar hires a fresh face". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "Television Craft – Special Award in 2013". BAFTA. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  8. ^ "2013 Television Craft Director – Multi-Camera | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Bafta honour for Olympic programmes". BBC News. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Emmys 2013: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. 18 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Hamish Hamilton | About". University of Stirling. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston (Video 2001) – IMDb". IMDb.

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