Bill Hayes is the President and founder of Figure 8 FIlms and Advanced Medical Productions, Inc. He has executive produced over 700 nonfiction television programs and documentaries that have aired all over the world. His company’s programs have won numerous awards and continue to reach millions of viewers through various networks. Currently Figure 8 Films has 5 series, a pilot for a new series and 2 documentries in production.
Bill grew up on a chicken, dairy and tobacco farm in the mountains of North Carolina, went to Duke University where he earned a varsity letter playing lacrosse and began dreaming of making documentaries. "I wanted to continue to learn throughout my life and teach others as well, travel the world, and make a decent living. Producing documentaries seemed like the ideal way to do all of this."
After working as a video salesman, bartender, farmer, productivity consultant, Assistant Press Secretary for a US Senate candidate, Marketing Director of a computer hardware company and VP of Sales and Marketing for a computer software company he finally produced a video for a shopping center. That was over 25 years ago.
Since then, Bill has produced interactive videos, launched a Video Journal of Arthroscopy, created several successful television series, produced numerous educational videos and DVDs, run a street festival and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Mass Communications and Journalism and a visiting professor at Duke University. He is on the Executive Committee for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and has served on the Board of Directors for CINE and Duke Brain Tumor Center. He and his Figure 8 team continue to create new shows for a variety of networks.
"I like helping people and I've been told time and time again that the programs we produce are having a positive impact on people throughout the world. It's a privilege to be able to do this work."
Bill's greatest accomplishment is being marred to Diane Marie Dorney Hayes and now being a dad to William Gabriel Hayes! Diane, Gabe, Bill and their three dogs spend as much time as they can with their families thanking God for their many blessings.