Natural History Unit

BBCS’s Natural History Unit ties with ‘My Octopus Teacher’ director James Reed

BBC Studios (BBCS) Natural History Unit (NHU) has struck a development partnership with James Reed, director of My Octopus Teacher and the founder of UK-based Underdog Films. The collaboration with Reed will extend BBCS’ pipeline of natural history feature documentaries and will see the director’s creative partner at Underdog Films, Matt Houghton, working alongside him as […]

BBCS names Jonny Keeling to replace Julian Hector as head of NHU

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed Jonny Keeling as the next head of its renowned Natural History Unit (NHU). Keeling replaces Julian Hector, who revealed in April he would be stepping down, and will be responsible for all of the NHU’s creative and commercial activity. He reports into Tom McDonald, BBCS’s MD of factual. He […]

Julian Hector steps down as head of BBCS’s Natural History Unit

BBC Studios (BBCS) is on the look-out for a new head of its famed Natural History Unit (NHU) division, after incumbent Julian Hector revealed he would be stepping down after five years in the role. Hector, who has been with the BBC in other roles for more than three decades, took charge of the Planet Earth […]

NBC orders BBC Studios blue chip series, closes Peacock Productions

NBC has ordered a 10-part blue chip wildlife series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and confirmed it is shuttering its unscripted division, Peacock Productions. The New World will visit locations across North America, Central America and South America to explore the landscapes, remote wilderness and mysterious creatures that inhabit the region. The show will […]

BBC One, Warner Bros line up Stephen Fry for JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ show

BBC One has partnered with Warner Bros., London’s Natural History Museum and Stephen Fry on a documentary that will explore the origins and stories of mythical creatures featured in J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts. Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (working title) is being produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) and Warner Bros Entertainment […]

Attenborough to front BBC, PBS series about secret lives of plants

Sir David Attenborough has been attached to present BBC Studios’ forthcoming five-part blue chip series that explores the unseen world of plants. Green Planet was first revealed in February and will debut on BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US in 2021. It is being produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit […]

BBC Studios snags first commission from Quibi

Short-form digital platform Quibi has ordered a blue chip factual series from the producers behind Blue Planet 2 and Dynasties that explores female species in the natural world. Fierce Queens (working title) is being produced by BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit, the famed factual division that has also been behind the Planet Earth and Frozen […]

Worldwide kids: Miami and Liverpool beckon

With trips to Miami and Liverpool coming up, Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Worldwide’s director of childrens, tells TBI about new and returning shows, and her kids TV shopping list. The calendar for kids execs is well-populated with kids conferences, markets, screenings and producer get-togethers, and Showcase comes just days after the Kidscreen event, which corrals all […]

Atlantic adds to UK team

Independent producer Atlantic has hired two new execs and promoted another. Ian Syder (left) has joined the British prodco as head of production and Emily Smith (below right) as director of marketing, while Mike Davis has been upped to associate creative director. Syder started out in unscripted, working on Big Brother and Deal or No […]

Veteran producer to run BBC Natural History

The BBC has appointed veteran producer Julian Hector as head of its respected Natural History Unit. The NHU is part of BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster’s overarching production division, and Hector assumes the role vacated by Wendy Darke earlier this year amid a raft of management changes. Darke has since set up her own prodco, […]