Iain Overton

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Iain Overton is a British documentary maker born on 3 August, 1973. He has worked for the BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

 and ITN and worked in over 85 countries around the world.

Educated at Downing College and Gonville & Caius, Cambridge
The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia about north of London. Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen – a play on Silicon Valley and the fens surrounding the...

, Iain Overton's film work has won him various awards. In September 2009 he was appointed the first managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is a British not-for-profit news organisation backed by a number of prominent journalists. It is registered as a private, limited by guarantee, no share capital company. It was set up with the aim to produce and encourage independent serious investigations and...

. In this role he has overseen a number of investigations, including the Wikileak's Iraq War Logs.
In 2010/2011, under his editorship, the Bureau won an Amnesty Award, a Thomson Reuters Award and was shortlisted for an IRE award for its reporting.

In 2002, he uncovered new historical evidence which identified Harry Band as a Canadian soldier who had been crucified
The Crucified Soldier
The Crucified Soldier refers to the widespread story of an Allied soldier serving in the Canadian Corps who may have been crucified with bayonets on a barn door or a tree, while fighting on the Western Front during World War I...

 in Belgium during the First World War.

In 2004 he won a Scottish BAFTA for the exposé Security Wars, a BBC film highlighting corruption in the security industry in Scotland.
In 2005 he won a Peabody Award
Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. In 1939, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to recognize outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting...

 for a BBC report on counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry. In that year he was also a producer on the series that won, with reporter Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve (UK television presenter)
Simon Reeve is a British author, adventurer and TV presenter. Based in London, he makes travel documentaries in little-known areas of the world and has written books on international terrorism, modern history and about his adventures...

, a One World Award for best popular feature for the series Places that Don't Exist
Places That Don't Exist
Holidays in the Danger Zone: Places That Don't Exist is a five-part BBC Four series on breakaway states and unrecognised nations, devised, written and presented by Simon Reeve. The series producer was Will Daws...

 for the BBC.

In 2006 he was voted best Broadcast Journalist by the UK bar council for a news report on the proposed changes to the coroners’ system, which would have made coroners’ investigations into deaths abroad discretionary rather than compulsory.
In 2009 he was shortlisted for a One World
One World
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 award for an expose on child trafficking in India. In the same year he produced/directed a one hour film Mr. Smith Goes to Tokyo - an Alice in Wonderland foray into the modernist architecture of Tokyo. It premiered at Asia House
Asia House
Asia House, is a non-profit, non-political Pan-Asian organisation in the UK. It was founded in 1996 by a small group led by Sir Peter Wakefield, a former diplomat who died aged 89 in December 2010...

in March 2009 and was shown at a special screening at the Barbican in December 2010.