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Big Wave makes award-winning science, wildlife, history and adventure programmes for broadcasters worldwide. We're passionate about what we do and regularly take on blue sky, highly ambitious projects. Our shows often make real change, change laws and generate new scientific revelation which makes us really proud. We work with the world’s leading scientists and conservationists and have won more than 80 awards and nominations for our work.


‘Britain’s Whales’ & ‘Britain’s Sharks’ presented by Ben Fogle and Ellie Harrison features the biggest gathering of sharks ever filmed in UK waters. Aired on Good Friday on ITV. Big Wave are  supporting the Shark Trust UK’s  ‘No Limits?’ campaign to introduce better protection for sharks. An online ‘thunderclap’ campaign launched during the shows transmission reached over 11 million people & was supported by Richard Branson, Gordon Ramsay & many others.

If you want to help us protect sharks please donate to  

See #BritainsSharks on Twitter.

Big Wave’s next projects include our 5th Shark Week special for the Discovery Channel working with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution & a one hour on the South Downs.

CONTACT DETAILS  / 01243 532531

Brian Leith Productions was set up in 2006 and is based on Whiteladies Road, Bristol, UK. Brian has won numerous awards over the years as Producer / Executive Producer of programmes and series for a variety of broadcasters.

Born in China (delivered)

We follow the first year in the life of some of China’s most well-loved and iconic creatures.  feature-length wildlife film for theatric release by Disneynature on April 2017 . Chinese release date in August 2016. The film has been entered in the Shanghai Film Festival July 2016

Producers: Brian Leith, Phil Chapman

Recent TXs

March 13th Wild Canada premieres in Canada on CBC

April 9th Killer Whales narrated by John Shrapnell TXs in Europe

May 28th Wild Canada airs in UK on Eden, narrated by David Attenborough


Wild Canada 'Ice Age' winner of the  best Editing Award at Wildscreen 2014. 

The team are also in production on Disneynature's 'Born in China'.

Maramedia is a Glasgow and Bristol based Independent production company specialising in ethically sound but commercially exciting Natural History, Childrens and Factual Programming.

Maramedia Ltd
Film City Glasgow
401 Govan Road
G51 2QJ

TEL: +44 (0)141 440 6951


Hotel Armadillo TX Friday April 7th  BBC 2 The Natural World 

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough , Maramedia will TX  Hotel Armadillo on Friday 7th April on BBC 2 Natural World strand and PBS’s Nature strand.  The film reveals the life of the Giant Armadillo with never before seen footage. Currently the company is also in pre-production with Wild Way of the Vikings; a ground breaking new genre of Natural History for PBS Nature, ORF Austria and France 5. Due to deliver late 2018 the film will be shot in 4K  and focus on the rich wildlife of the Nordic countries and North Atlantic, revealing intriguing new stories about the Vikings relationship with the natural world.  Vikings will be narrated by Ewan McGregor.  Also in early production, and following on from Maramedia's successful Hebrides and Highlands series, Shetland – Scotland’s Viking Frontier ; a blue chip one off special for BBC Scotland on the wildlife of the Shetland Isles due to deliver late 2018.

Aqua Vita Films specialise in high quality and innovative wildlife, science and adventure TV documentaries for international broadcast. Based in UK & established in 2004, we make wide range of programmes for all the major international broadcasters. We are constantly developing ideas for broadcasters and provide a experienced production house for any project. Managing Director Bernard Walton with his 30 years experience will ensure we produce the very best films for our clients.

Recent Productions

 "Elephant King" for Smithsonian Network (USA) and Terra Mater Studios (Austria). New discoveries on elephant behaviour with Dr Caitlin O'Connell  Winner of CINE Eagle Award in 2013.

2011 "Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq" for the BBC, also called "Braving Iraq" for PBS Nature USA. Extraordinary story of regeneration in marshes of Iraq Winner of several major international awards.
+44(0)117 373 0833


See Bernard Walton's NHN speacial feature My Wildscreen Oct 2014

Ammonite is an independent film production company making high quality, high- definition films about science and natural history. With a strong track record of 20 years, Ammonite also develops highly specialised and innovative equipment such as image-intensified night vision cameras and motion control systems.
127 Hampton Rd, Bristol BS6 6JE
Phone:0117 927 9778


Attenborough's Life That Glows  nominated for this years Television BAFTAs, plus  winners of the Grand Jury award at the New York Film Festivals.

The Ammonite  team have just completed another shoot in Switzerland with Sir David Attenborough and a quick turn around before heading to Chile. No time to rest on their laurels!

Ammonite's Life that Glows Nominated for a TV BAFTA! - Congratulations to the very brilliant Martin Dorhn and his team from Ammonite who have been nominated for a BAFTA []
11 April 2017

 "Attenborough's Life that Glows "  co pro with TerraMater A breathtaking show at the forefront of technology showcasing the little known world of bioluminescence. With Sir David Attenborough at the helm, Ammonite will take you into the ocean's twilight zones, deep into forests and under the very ground we walk on. TX'd May 2016.

Ammonite, in partnership with Kosmik Global, spectacular 3 part series based in India. With unprecedented access, including night filming, the team reveals little known stories in "India's New Worlds".

ALTAYFILM was set up in 2011 by Henry M. Mix and Yann Sochaczewski. 

Based in Germany, the company specialises in immersive wildlife films that require extensive periods in the field and strong scientific credibility.

ALTAYFILM co-produces and delivers to a wide range of national and international broadcasters and distributors, incl. NDR Naturfilm Doclights, ARTE, Channel One Russia, Terra Mater, NatGeo, Albatross World Sales and others. Recent filming locations include Ethiopia, Russia, Azerbaijan and Germany.

Previous Productions/TX

"Greater Caucasus" (NDR Doclights, Channel One Russia, Terra Mater)
"Lesser Caucasus" (NDR Doclights, Channel One Russia, Terra Mater)
"The Amurtiger" (Bavarian Television, ARTE)
"Saguaro"  Episode of "North America’s Natural Wonders“ (NDR Doclights, ARTE, ORF, NatGeo)
"Grand Canyon“  Episode of "North America’s Natural Wonders“ (NDR Doclights, ARTE, ORF, NatGeo)
"Wild Karelia“ (MDR, NDR Doclights)

What's in Production

Africa’s Lost Wolves (Ethiopia)
Co-production:  NDR Doclights, Altayfilm, Terra Mater, France5
Land of the Volga (Russia’s Wild West)
Co-production: NDR Doclights, Altayfilm, Channel One Russia, ARTE, MDR
Caspian Wild Shores (Azerbaijan)
ALTAYFILM inhouse production

Talesmith are purveyors of fine filmic tales in high-end natural history and factual films for television and cinema. We deal in new perspectives, big ideas and big characters, but at the heart of it all there’s always great story.

With glossy natural history, specialist factual films and compelling documentary series close to our heart, we at Talesmith are focused on the broadcast-feature hinterland, producing high-end films and series for television, museums and cinema. Founded by Emmy winning film-maker Martin Williams, our team has a long and glittering track record in producing award-winning content fronted by some of the biggest names in television. Our aim is to deliver the highest quality films and series for UK, US and international broadcasters.


OCT 2016

Talesmith have been jointly commissioned along with Coffee & TV through their SPV FLYRIDE, by P.E.L Creative to create a giant screen immersive film experience. The film is being specially made for a brand new visitors’ centre being built at the Changbaishan National Park in China by Legend Tourism Investment . It will offer a unique 4D perspective on an environment rich in natural history in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Humble Bee Films was set up in 2009 by Stephen Dunleavy, a former Producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit.  The company produces factual television focusing on Nature, Science and History.

RTS awards 2014 two nominations for our Natural World: Two Tonne Tusker in the categories of Best Natural History Programme and Best Editing.

Planet Parrot, a one hour about urban parrots for Terra Mater which transmitted in Austria on Wednesday 12th March. It performed better than expected for them achieving excellent ratings.

 Both the first and second series of David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities now released on DVD  


Planet Parrot nominated for Editing Award Wildscreen 2014

Principal Large Format (PLF) was founded in 1998 by present CEO Phil Streather. PLF is a production company dedicated to developing and producing: Giant Screen (IMAX) features, Theatrical Documentary features and UHD TV.

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Phil is currently in development on a number of Giant Screen 3D films, including The Bumblebee Queen  (; a follow up to his 2003 IMAX hit, Bugs! 3D, narrated by Judi Dench. Bugs! has grossed over $50m at the global box office and won awards at Jackson and Wildscreen.

Throughout 2012 Phil was a consultant to BBC Earth. In his capacity of Director of Giant Screen and Museum Films he advised on all aspects of their move into the Giant Screen 3D business. At the same time Phil worked with the BBC Natural History Unit as Stereoscopic Supervisor on the ground breaking Tiny Giants 3D, which delivered in 2014. Tiny Giants 3D received a 3D documentary award from the International 3D Society in Los Angeles in January 2015 and another in December 2015. Phil won the inaugural 3D Guild Award for his work as stereo supervisor on Tiny Giants 3D.

Phil is a board member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, a full voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and regularly chairs/produces/participates in panels on Giant Screen and 3D.

Phil Streather:  44 7771 783603 /

Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Multimedia Productions Program

The Multimedia Productions program creates editorial content disseminating biodiversity science and conservation and the human endeavors associated with the fields. The unit is envisioned to contribute information and insight drawn from science to support internal and external initiatives focused on pressing conservation issues and educational initiatives, through long and short-form documentaries, video/audio reports, web content, and cross-cultural media kits.

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Producer / Director

Institution: Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Multimedia Productions Program

Job title: Producer/Director  (search # WDR-00008147)

Institution and Position Summary:

The Multimedia Productions program creates editorial content disseminating biodiversity science and conservation and the human endeavors associated with the fields. The unit is envisioned to contribute information and insight drawn from science to support internal and external initiatives focused on pressing conservation issues and educational initiatives, through long and short-form documentaries, video/audio reports, web content, and cross-cultural media kits.
Producer/directors develop and produce editorial content for partner organizations and Lab mission objectives. S/he is responsible for all creative and production elements of assigned projects including but not limited to:  developing story concepts, executing story research, conducting field scouts, formalizing production plans, generating final story proposals for approval and personally directing assigned projects through development, production and post production phases.

Term: Indefinite: This is a full-time staff position with health and retirement benefits, with no planned end date

Location: Ithaca, NY

Start Date: TBD

Close Date for Applications: TBD

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Crossing the Line is an award-winning production company specialising in wildlife, travel, adventure and historical documentaries. We have filmed in over 70 countries and in some of the highest, most remote and breathtaking locations on Earth. The extreme lengths we go to in making our films has been rewarded with numerous nominations, prizes and awards from some of the world’s most prestigious film and television festivals and our films have broadcast worldwide in over 80 different countries.

 'Wild Ireland; The Edge of the World' on BBC2 in March 2017.   

A follow up to their multi-award winning film on Ireland’s iconic River Shannon, the new series - Ireland, the Wild Edge of the World is  a wildlife journey around Ireland's magnificently raw west coast.  ORF, BBC, PBS, TG4, France TV, NDR, SVT, SBS and  Media. ORF are distributors.

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They are also making  a feature documentary for PBS & BBC on the iconic Voyager space mission.

Also check out John Murray's Bit on the Side !

Offspring Films is a bright, young, independent production company specialising in factual programming and natural history. Founded in 2014 by award-winning Executive Producer Alex Williamson, Offspring is all about delighting the audience with unfamiliar stories.  

The team here at Offspring strive to make extraordinary programmes that stand out through their strong visual style and clear engaging storytelling. Our thirst for innovation brings a modern and fresh approach to every series we deliver. Whether it’s using cutting-edge camera technologies in an unusual way, taking a dynamic new approach to storytelling or simply tackling familiar subjects from a fresh perspective – we believe in making beautiful, modern shows that punch above their weight.

Offspring Films Ltd, Orchard Street Business Centre, 13/14 Orchard Street , Bristol, BS1 5EH Tel: +44 (0)117 905 5322


Offspring Films win RTS West Award

For the tree of life graphic for Big Cats; An Amazing Animal Family.

Offspring Nominated For BAFTA

22nd April 2016

Offspring Films and the 'Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family'camera team, Mark Payne-GillLuke Barnett  and Pete Hayns for their BAFTA nomination in the Factual Photography category! 

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family

Fronted by biologist Patrick Aryee. Broadcast Greenlight Read more ...

Sky1's new nature show for 2016 promises a whole lot of adorable monkey business. Digital Spy Read more ...


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