Associate Script Producer: 2014-2016
Acting Script Producer: 2016
Script Producer: 2016-2017
Series Script Producer: 2017
Hamilton Budd was born on 11 July 1978 and is the second youngest child in his family. He comes from a family that is very heavily involved in the entertainment industry. His elder brother, Alex is the Executive Producer of Touring and Commercial at Opera Australia, whilst his elder sister, Sibylla is a well-known actress, best known for her roles as Gabrielle in The Secret Life of Us and Carla in Winners & Losers. His younger brother, Henry is currently the Senior Media Adviser at Office of Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence.
Hamilton was a budding writer from a young age. In 2007, he graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Screenwriting, with a short graduate film called Sex with the Ex, directed by Leigh Richards.
From here, Hamilton wrote scripts for Out of the Blue and McLeod’s Daughters. Following this, he joined the Script Department of the Seven Network children’s series, Trapped and wrote eleven out of the twenty-six episodes that aired. He then went on to be the Associate Script Producer of Castaway, another Seven Network children’s series and the sequel to Trapped.
In 2011, Hamilton wrote three scripts for Neighbours, and then moved over to Channel Seven, where he wrote scripts for Packed to the Rafters. He was then employed on A Place to Call Home as a script writer in season one, and in season two, he became the Associate Script Producer. He wrote a total of four episodes, whilst overseeing the scripting process.
After the cancellation of A Place to Call Home, Hamilton was employed on Home and Away, where he wrote scripts and eventually became the Associate Script Producer, under Louise Bowes, a role in which he remained credited alongside Gary Sewell for two years. He was also credited as the Acting Script Producer for the last six weeks before Dan Bennett‘s return to the series as the Network Script Executive in 2016.
Since, Hamilton has taken on the role of Script Producer, and after Dan’s permanent departure in August 2016, Hamilton took the top job, now retitled as Series Script Producer, with his first episode airing 26 April 2017 (Ep#6646).
Hamilton left the series in June 2017, with his final episode, credited as Series Script Producer, airing on 30 November 2017 (Ep#6790).
Picture with thanks to Brooke Wilson