Founded by two filmmakers, David Belton and Andy Byatt, Black Sea Films is a multi-media production company bringing high quality production values to film, television and digital platforms.


Andy is one of the world's most experienced underwater natural history filmmakers, making the highest quality television including "Blue Planet", narrated by David Attenborough. David has been making award-winning documentary and drama for 25 years - in both the UK and the USA - for film and television.

Together they bring a passion for emotive storytelling and a desire to explore our world and share it with audiences worldwide.


A world of great stories for film, television and new media.

David Belton

Executive Producer

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David Belton is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with over 25 years experience making documentaries and drama documentaries in Britain and the United States. He worked for the BBC for 17 years, initially at the celebrated current affairs programme “Newsnight”, where he made many films, covering the war in Bosnia, the genocide in Rwanda and the collapse of the Soviet Union. He then directed the highly popular BBC-1 series, “Soldiers to Be”, “Volcano Hell” for the BBC-2 series, Horizon and a BAFTA winning episode for BBC-2’s “Simon Schama’s Power of Art”. He directed the BBC-2 drama series, “Ten Days to War” which was nominated for a Grierson Award.

David co-wrote the story and produced the feature film, “Shooting Dogs” (released in the USA as “Beyond the Gates”) starring John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. He received a BAFTA nomination for the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement in a First Feature.

On leaving the BBC, David went to the USA and made PBS’s Emmy-nominated series “God in America”. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his subsequent film, “The Amish” in the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking category. He then directed Episode One of the Peabody award-winning PBS series, “Latinos”.

Returning to the UK, David series produced the BBC-2 series, “The Silent War”, the BBC-2 drama-documentary, “Nelson – In His Own Words”, and the Grierson short-listed documentary, “Strangeways – Britain’s Toughest Riot”. He was Series Producer for Kevin Spacey’s CNN drama-documentary series, “Race for the White House” and in 2016 directed the final episode of the hit Netflix drama-documentary series “Captive”, from the Oscar-winning producer, Simon Chinn.

David's first book, “When The Hills Ask For Your Blood” (Doubleday), was published to critical acclaim in 2014.


Andy Byatt

Executive Producer

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The natural world captured Andy’s attention aged two, on a beach in Cuba.   His lifetime’s fascinations with wildlife and the environment led to an award-winning film career, including 20 years working for the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU). His experience in wide ranging production formats included being a key player in the BBC’s landmarks, “The Blue Planet” (2001), “Planet Earth” (2006), and the feature film Deep Blue (2003 - grossing $34 million in the box office).  He co-wrote the BBC book “The Blue Planet”.  An underwater specialist, Andy ran the NHU dive team for 12 years.   

He left the BBC in 2007 to take his family sailing in the Caribbean and USA, so that they too could have formative experiences of wildlife and new cultures.  From 2009 Andy has concentrated on 3D production of both feature and television documentaries, and on broadening his creative approach by working in France.  He was auteur-director of the 3 x 52 minute 3D series on Hurricanes for Arte (2014) produced by St Thomas Productions.  The series was selected by the French Foreign ministry to represent France’s cultural commitment to global warming during COP 21 in Paris. 

Most recently he co-directed the 3D feature film “Ouragan” (2015) for Orange Studios and the 3D IMAX version.  Internationally his films have won numerous awards, including EMMY, BAFTA, Wildscreen, Jackson Hole, best of Festival at the Shanghai Film Festival; and nomination for the Grierson Award.  

 


Hugo Godwin

Development Producer

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Hugo has worked in-house for the BBC and for many of the UK’s leading independent production companies, including Talkback Thames, Twenty Twenty, Lion TV and Oxford Film and TV. He has worked on a variety of well-known programmes including ‘Coast’ for BBC2 and ‘Dispatches’ for Channel 4.  He has developed and produced numerous single films and series for British television, including the Grierson-nominated series ‘The Genius of British Art’ for Channel 4 and the award-winning feature documentary ‘The Love of Books: A Sarajevo Story’ for BBC Storyville. He recently produced the primetime drama-documentary ‘Frankenstein and the Vampyre’ for BBC2 and developed and co-produced the feature documentary ‘Ten Billion’ for Sky Atlantic, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Webber.


Polly Allen

Head of Production

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Polly Allen has worked in Production for 14 years.  Her varied experience lies in Entertainment, Sport and Documentary.  She has been a production manager/line producer for 10 years.  Prior to working at Black Sea Films, Polly was Head of Production at the BAFTA and EMMY award winning TV production company Quicksilver Media.  She has experience in putting together crews for shoots all over the world, often in hostile and complicated environments, with the intention of making the best documentaries possible.  Polly has extensive experience in putting together budgets, working to them and cost reporting them.  Her experience in managing teams and working to both big and small budgets is extensive.


Catrin Evans

Producer

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Catrin has been working in the TV industry for 15 years and recently joined Black Sea Films in 2017 for the final Black Sea MAP expedition.  She started her career working on Welsh language programmes for S4C and BBC Wales, producing and directing music, arts and children's TV programmes.  In 2012, she moved from Cardiff to London in order to pursue a career in specialist-factual documentaries, and has since worked on science and history productions for UK and international broadcasters including BBC, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, PBS and History Channel. 

 
Catrin has organised and filmed in a variety locations all around the world from deserts of the Middle East to remote jungles in the Pacific and has produced documentaries on a wide variety of subjects such as the dinosaur extinction, ancient Egypt and Greece, volcanoes, vikings and WW2.  


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