BBC Studios Natural History Unit

BBC Studios NHU hires exec producer to lead CGI push

BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) has appointed visual effects specialist Mike Davis to lead a push into CGI. Davis will join the studio, which is behind factual shows such as Planet Earth and The Green Planet, this summer in the newly created role of CGI executive producer. He will board just after the NHU […]

BBC Studios Natural History Unit names joint development chiefs

UK-based BBC Studios Natural History Unit has appointed Jess Colman and Laura Harris as joint heads of development. They will replace the current head of development, Gavin Boyland, who will be moving into a series producer position within the unit to lead an as-yet unannounced “ambitious landmark series.” Reporting into the new head of Natural […]

Show of the week: Green Planet

Natural history legend Sir David Attenborough is back on screens with this latest ambitious and high-end series as he guides viewers through an exploration of our planet from the perspective of its plant life. Travelling to the US, Costa Rica, Croatia and northern Europe, his globe-trotting journey will take in environments from deserts and mountains […]

BBC unveils Attenborough’s Mammoth special & Asia wildlife series

The BBC in the UK has ordered four new natural history series, including a David Attenborough-fronted show uncovering Britain’s biggest mammoth discovery in almost 20 years and a series exploring Asia’s wildlife. Attenborough And The Mammoth Graveyard (working title) follows Attenborough as he explores a gravel quarry in the UK to find out how the […]

Attenborough doc tops Apple TV+ unscripted viewership

The David Attenborough nature documentary The Year Earth Changed has become the number one unscripted programme on the Apple TV+ streaming service. The one-off special, which landed on the platform on 16 April ahead of Earth Day, has become the most watched documentary or docuseries in the US and many other regions worldwide. The programme, […]

BBC Natural History Unit plunges into ‘Waterhole’ for BBC Two and PBS

BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit is producing new BBC Two series ‘Waterhole’ (w/t), a specialist rig show which sees presenters Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi create a waterhole in Tanzania. Waterholes are vital to the African ecosystem, but little is known about how they support so much life. BBC Studios Natural History Unit is working […]

BBC Studios teams with James Cameron for first Nat Geo commission

BBC Studios has secured its first Nat Geo commission, teaming with Titanic director James Cameron (pictured) on a multi-part series on the oceans. Mission OceanX (working title) is a six-part series that unites the BBC Studios Natural History Unit with Cameron and OceanX Media. Combining documentary with blue-chip sequences, the show will follow cutting-edge exploration vessel Alucia2, […]

Show of the week: ‘One Planet: Seven Worlds’

Set to air in the autumn, One Planet: Seven Worlds is billed as the latest landmark series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, following in the wake of Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Dynasties. Sir David Attenborough returns to narrate the series, which tells the stories of Earth’s seven continents. As such, expect […]

We’re going on a millennials hunt

With Planet Earth II beating reality TV programmes to audiences – including those crucial, lucrative millennials – Emily Bright talks to natural history documentary producers and channels about how they’re attracting new audiences The BBC’s seminal natural history documentary Planet Earth II beat The X Factor in the UK Christmas ratings stake last year, even […]

BBC Studios adds ex-Fremantle exec for Science

BBC Studios Science has added Sundog Pictures and former FremantleMedia factual producer Claudia Lewis to its ranks. Lewis (pictured) joins the label, which is one of six unscripted divisions BBC Studios Factual is currently launching, as development executive. She transfers from indie Sundog Pictures, where she had been head of factual programmes since January, having […]