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About Hugo Smith
Hugo is an experienced film maker and television producer, now working full-time as a Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Media Technologies. He has an interest in documentary production, industry working practice and application of technologies in media content production.
Hugo started working in 16mm documentary film production in the late 1980s as an assistant film editor and assistant camera operator. He moved into production in the early 1990s, working for Yorkshire Television's Documentaries Department before becoming a freelance producer/director of documentaries for clients including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, 5, The Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and TLC.
Hugo's career in production spanned the shift from full-crew production in factual programming to single-person crewing and from film to tapeless production. He has worked on major series in the UK and internationally.
Hugo teaches writing for screen and production modules, as well as leading on live and OB-type modules and productions with students and external clients.
Hugo has been Course Leader for Broadcast Media Technologies BSc (Hons) since 2012. He has also taught on modules for BA (Hons) Journalism and Creative Media Technology BSc (Hons) while at Leeds Beckett University.
Hugo is presently making a documentary film as part of a wider research project working with West Yorkshire Police on improving cyber-investigation. His other interests include measuring the impact of media content upon audience and wider society and use of technology in production of factual television.