Head of Factual Development

Sam Smaïl


Sam joined the Studio Ramsay team in 2019, working on the development of recent BBC One commission, Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars and has since gone on to develop several new series including Next Level Chef (FOX), Gino’s Italian Family Adventure (ITV), and the upcoming Trailblazers for BBC Two.

Prior to joining, he co-created the interactive feature, Choose Your Own Documentary, which was award-nominated at the Tribeca Film Festival and Sheffield DocFest, and produced a digital adaptation, The Boy in the Book, which was shortlisted for the 2020 New Media Writing Prize.

TV development credits include the factual commissions Alexander Armstrong in the Land of the Midnight Sun and Mystery Map for ITV, World’s Smart Cities: Amsterdam for National Geographic, History series Hoard Hunters, and Come Dine with Me spin-off format, Come Date with Me.

He has been an invited speaker at the i-Docs Symposium, Sheffield DocFest, and the UK’s first ever Live Cinema Conference.