Simon Berthon

Simon Berthon has worked as director, writer, and executive producer on a large range of top quality films in history, science, religion, current affairs and observational documentary. He is also the author of three books: Warlords, pub 2005 (co-author Joanna Potts) – “Gripping, innovative and perceptive …. It reads like a thriller but it is also a scholarly, impeccably researched piece of work … superlative’ (Tribune), “fascinating insights into the minds of these titans” (Daily Mail); Allies at War, pub 2001 – “Fascinating … A captivating glimpse into the personalities and goals of the three Allied giants” (Library Journal); and The Shape of the World (co-author Andrew Robinson) pub 1990 ‘ “A vivid account of great courage and endeavour on the grandest scale” (Where and When). Simon was a founding partner and Chief Executive of a successful production company, 3BM Television, and is Vice-Chair of Directors UK.

Among his television productions are Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand (BAFTA Huw Wheldon award winner), The Ascent of Money (International Emmy winner for Documentary), Age of Terror (Broadcast Award), The Big Story (Premier Ondas, Barcelona), World in Action (Gold Hugo, Chicago), The Shape of the World (Gold, New York) and the internationally best-selling drama-documentary series Zero Hour, whose format he designed.

One of his specialities is 20th Century history and the Daily Telegraph has described him as a ‘formidable Second World War historian’. His Channel Four series, Warlords (2005), accompanied by his book, was variously described as ‘excellent’, ‘brilliant’, ‘outstanding’, ‘gripping’, ‘a smart and original piece of history’. His WW2 6-part series for Discovery Home Front Britain (2009) was similarly greeted as ‘wonderful’, ‘excellent’ and ‘a treat’.

Simon is an accomplished public speaker, having toured the United States to publish his TV series and lectured at venues such as the National Army Museum. He has been a frequent moderator at sessions for the World History Congress and World Congress of Science and Factual Producers.