25 May 2016

Digital Bristol Week, organized by the team at the BBC Academy and led by Mark Jacobs, offered lots of food for thought and exciting possibilities for our industry.  From a natural history film perspective, the sessions on short form storytelling in the digital age, and on VR were the most compelling.


Short Form Storytelling is an art as well as a science. The sesion focused on getting and promoting your content on digital platforms.

All change at Tigress

18 May 2016

Tigress Productions announce changes to the leadership team.

Following a career spanning 35 years, including four at Tigress Productions as Managing Director, Dick Colthurst, has decided to retire from television in the autumn to live in the Alps. 

Life that Glows - Brilliant Reviews

12 May 2016


“This one-off documentary combined all the qualities that make Sir David’s incomparable shows so revered. The shots of dolphins in fluorescent seas, their outlines picked out in neon blue, were perhaps the most beautiful and mystifying sight ever shown on any Attenborough programme.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail


“Thanks to a robotic sub and aptly named oceanographer Dr Haddock, Attenborough found the weirdest lighting systems of all at the bottom of the sea. Vampie squid, comb jellies, dragonfish… these life-forms were mind-blowing enough without the self-generated neon display.”

Matt Baylis, Daily Express

BBC launching Attenborough App

10 May 2016

By James Groves, TVB Europe

The BBC is creating an app to highlight the ‘pioneering achievements’ of Sir David Attenborough.

The Story of Life app, which marks the renowned naturalist and broadcaster’s 90th birthday, will compile over 1,000 of Attenborough’s most memorable moments.

It will include clips taken from his earliest work on Zoo Quest through to 2016.

Attenborough said, “Knowing and understanding the natural world is one of the greatest gifts that humans can possess. If we lose our connection with nature then we lose ourselves.

Attenborough's Life that Glows by Ammonite TX's TONIGHT 9pm BBC2

08 May 2016

 Attenborough's 'Life That Glows' will be on BBC2 May 9th 9pm. Using specialist new technology Ammonite take you deep into the world of bioluminescence 

Join Sir David Attenborough and a team of the world's leading scientists and deep sea explorers on a quest to reveal the secrets of living lights.

Luminous beings, creatures with their own internal light, enchant and astonish us. Anyone who has seen a firefly or a glow-worm cannot help but fall under their spell. The sea at night sparkles as millions ofluminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins in a truly magical light show.


08 May 2016

Amongst the stars of the small screen, you may see a familar face or two. Because the producers responsible for the making of the highly acclaimed series The Hunt are heading to London tonight to share the limelight !  Silverback Films' Exec Producer Alastair Fothergill and Series Producer Huw Cordey, will be joined by some members of their team of very talented producers ...Jonnie Hughes, Hugh Pearson, Rob Sullivan and Ellen Hussain. 

They've already come away with two BAFTA Craft Awards for Cinematography and Music and now they've been nominated for the Best Specialist Factual Series of the year !   See what the competition looks like below...! 

Watch this space for news ! 

NEWS UPDATE Monday 9th May

Sadly the team were pipped to the post by Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners - but they've got two BAFTA wins and one nomination to their name, so still much to celebrate !


.THE WONDERFUL NEWS WAS THAT BIG BLUE LIVE WON A BAFTA FOR BEST LIVE TV! Many congratulations to James Honeybourne and all those at the NHU that contributed to this remarkable series ! 



Television | Specialist Factual in 2016

Grayson Perry’s Dream House

Neil Crombie, Grayson Perry, Joe Evans, Marcus Plowright

RTS Event :'Life in the Air': Why Bristol leads the world in Natural History Filmmaking

06 May 2016

RTS Bristol brings you a rare opportunity to spend the evening in the company of Bristol's world famous Natural History Unit. This is your chance to meet the NHU face to face; view excerpts from and discuss their latest visual feast, 'Life in the Air'; and find out more about wildlife film-making by putting questions to some of their most experienced producers on anything from innovative shooting techniques and specialist equipment to their approach to ethical issues and social media. 

The panel will include three NHU stalwarts: Executive Producer Tim Scoones;  Series Producer James Brickell; and Producer Simon Bell. Between them they have travelled to the ends of the earth, staked out every imaginable creature and produced some of Britain's best loved natural history programming in recent years including Springwatch, Planet E

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