Christopher Hale

Executive producer | Non-fiction author | Producer/Director

I am a freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer.

From 2013 to November 2016, I managed the Channel News Asia International production team, making a broad range of series and documentaries. During that period, CNAi producers won a clutch of awards.

In November, 2015 CNAi's series Danger Zone won two awards at the Asian Television Awards in December: the Kabul episode won Best Documentary, up against some impressive competition, and Best Director.

When I started with CNAi, the team was making 30 minute shows like 'Powerlist Asia'. Now we are in the process of completing a series of five hour long documentaries about religious conflict 'Power and Piety'... Two documentaries for a new series 'The Asian Century': 'Fall of Suharto' and 'Death of Mao'. We made four 'Undercover Asia' documentaries exploring the underside of Asian society - and developed a new science series 'Quantum'.

I am proudest of a series of hour long documentaries 'Inventing SE Asia', made with Dr Farish Noor: adventures in history.


A short documentary, inspired by Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Act of Killing’, for a series presented by Dr Farish Noor: ‘Inside Indonesia (CNA, 2014)

Award winning non-fiction author

Author of ‘Himmler’s Crusade’, ‘Hitler’s Foreign Executioners’ and ‘Massacre in Malaya’.

This is my author page on Amazon.


Numerous documentaries for all the major broadcasters - including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic and Arte. Credits include Why Reading Matters for BBC4, The Year the Earth went Wild for Channel 4, Naked Science: Universe, for National Geographic, Oasis of the Golden Mummies for Discovery, Accidents in Space for BBC/Travel Channel, Inside: Becoming a King for Nat Geo Asia, five Horizon programmes for the BBC, and three To the Ends of the Earth for C4 including Search for the Sons of Abraham and Into the Abyss which was nominated for an award at the Dijon Adventure Film Festival. ‘Phantom Tiger’ (also for ‘To the Ends of the Earth’) won the Australian Cinematographers’ Prize.

Two documentaries for a major series presented by Professor Steve Jones, ‘In the Blood’ – including ‘Lost Tribes’ which was described by ‘The Times’ as ‘ground breaking television’. For the BBC and the German/French channel Arte: a major 80 minute documentary about French composer Erik Satie, ‘Things Seen to the Right and the Left’. Profile of Italian architect Renzo Piano for the BBC’s Late Show – and a documentary series revealing Piano’s battles to build a new airport in Japan.

Byline: Blind to Science won a Special Award from the ‘British Association for the Advancement of Science’.