What We Do
Hey Buddy Films is a TV and video production company making engaging and inspiring films.
We pride ourselves on finding stories that matter and telling those stories with a strong visual style. We mainly work on broadcast documentaries but we also produce branded films, innovative ad-funded programmes and online viral campaigns.
It’s our style and passion for what we do that has helped us become a more visible face amongst the indie production scene, and has allowed us to attract some of the best film making talent to our door.
Hey Buddy have made some great films for Channel 4; they are a creative and very reliable company to work with.
Understanding of our needs and high standards, the team were a delight to work with throughout.
Who We Are
Laurence Koe has been in the TV industry for over 15 years as a camera operator, producer and TV director.
His training ground was at MTV in the 90s with a specific focus on the Dance music scene, directing and producing the Partyzone and Dancefloor chart for a number of years. He ‘lived’ in clubland for several years, producing and directing as well as keeping his dubious turntable skills up to date.
After leaving MTV, he went on to produce the Cream series for Sky in 2002 and worked on legendary shows like Passengers, (and even Blind Date, though he won’t admit to that…). His love of music brought him back to MTV as the channel manager of MTV Dance and his knowledge of Ibiza is second to none (especially the bars!) and this was a chance for him to finally put his language skills to use.
At Hey Buddy Films he has driven the creative vision of the company, as well as producing many of the documentaries and productions, he directed the films Diverse Nation and Nelson Mandela Superstar for Channel 4. He was also the director of both episodes of Don’t Blame Facebook.
Shurwin is an extremely experienced series producer. He began his career at the high point of MTV UK’s erratic but at times brilliant late 90s output.
He started out as a researcher but left as MTV Base’s Channel manager, in between he produced, directed or helped shape the broadcaster’s most eye catching shows from FANatic, Making Of The Video, Diary Of, Hip Hop Candy, the Dancefloor Chart, the inaugural MTV Africa Awards and his most famous creation – the rnb groundbreaking behemoth that was The Lick with Trevor Nelson, which still has a cult following.
Most recently he has produced all of Hey Buddy Films’ shortform work for the likes of Sony Bravia, Unilever, Adidas, Elite Modeling Agency and Ford. Whilst developing, producing or exec producing the company’s terrestrial documentary slate with shows like Don’t Blame Facebook, Diverse Nation, Nelson Mandela Superstar and Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14.
Shurwin has also amazingly found time to event produce at the London 2012 Olympics and re-invented the BBC’s latest broadcasts of the annual MOBO awards to critical and industry acclaim. When not making telly he still finds time to kick a football around on a Sunday morning – fool!