Communicate 2016: Swapping Spectacles

28 October 2016

02/03 November 2016, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol. NHN Members discount ! 

Communicate is the UK's leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate the latest issues in engaging people with the natural world.

NHN Members are eligible for a discounted rate to the Tool Box sessions. See below for detials behind the NHN paywall

We each see the world through our own lens, pieced together from a unique set of experiences, influences and presuppositions. For those of us working in the environmental sector, surrounding ourselves with like-minded lens wearers, the destructive forces facing the natural world stand out and dominate our view from our own particular angle. But what do these issues look like through a different eyepiece? Maybe it’s time we swap spectacles and take a peek at what other people are seeing and understanding when they look at our stories through altogether different frames. With these insights we can craft more effective interventions for nature. Find out more at

We’ve created a discount code for Natural History Network members on our Toolbox Sessions:

Support SafariSeat at Jackson Hole Film Festival

26 October 2016

SafariSeat goes wild with Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Wild Cats Conservation Summit 2017

This is an opportunity to be the first official delegates for the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Wild Cats Conservation Summit (Sept 24-29, 2017) and support this wonderful new kickstart initiative  ; SafariSeat


find out more Support

Offer includes a ticket to the premier wildlife film festival including 5 days of provocative sessions, networking and film premieres in beautiful Jackson Hole. Plus a Pass to Grand Teton Awards Gala on 28th September 2017

Dates Announced ! Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2017

25 October 2016

As we still bask in the glory of Wildscreen 2016, the cogs are beginning to turn on the other side of the globe in Jackson Hole. 


Next year Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2017 will be held on September 25-29  & the Conservation Summit, which will focus its attention on Cats, will be held on Sept. 24 - 26, 2017 

Each year, the Festival recognizes notable achievements in natural history science, media and conservation and are inviting nominations for
Lifetime Achievement Award,
Legacy Awardand 
Rising Star Award
Follow this link to send in your nominations 


October Networking Morning

21 October 2016

We were delighted to let the spotlight shine on some of our newcomer members on Thursday at our NHN Networking morning Anneliese Possberg, Tania Estaban and Ben Morris-French gave us a brief snapshot of ther recent work and aspirations . And in the foyer, Visual Impact Rental, who sponsored our 'Camera A Day' for NHN Buzz Track @Wildscreen 2016 showed off some of the cameras we've heard so much about. 


Talesmith and Coffee&TV to make giant screen VR experience FLYRIDE

18 October 2016

NHN Members, 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.

Talesmith, the high-end factual production company founded by  Martin Williams, and Coffee & TV, the world-class independent VFX company, have come together to set-up FLYRIDE, a Special Projects Vehicle to enable them to produce this five-minute film with a two-minute pre-show that uses smart suspension seat

Wildscreen 2016 Panda Award Winners!

13 October 2016

Congratulations to all those who were nominated and to the winners of the prestigious Wildscreen 2016 Panda Awards are …

WWF GOLDEN PANDA for overall best production

The Ivory Game
A Netflix Documentary, Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions, in association with Malaika Pictures, in association with Appian Way

Born Free documentary

13 October 2016

Virginia McKenna will revisit Africa for a Channel 4 documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the lion cub film Born Free.

Daisybeck Studios will produce the one-hour doc which will see McKenna retrace the footsteps she took with her late husband Bill Travers to produce the 1966 film ,which later inspired them to set up animal rights group Born Free Foundation.


Virginia McKenna’s Born Free was commissioned by Channel 4 features commissioning editor Lizi Wootton and is set to air later this year.

Daisybeck managing director Paul Stead pitched the idea to Wootton after fostering a relationship with McKenna on the set of ITV’s Amanda Holden: Really Wild at Heart.

New BBC Natural History Commissions announced at Wildscreen

12 October 2016

The BBC has unveiled six major natural history commissions across BBC1 and BBC including a follow up of Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur.

BBC head of commissioning natural history and specialist factual Tom McDonald revealed the orders at the Wildscreen event in Bristol.

McDonald said the commissions showed the “range and ambition” of the NHU and the BBC’s “commitment to Natural History up to 2019 and beyond”. He added: “From blue chip landmarks to special event pieces, access documentaries to truly surprising and innovative ways of delivering stories, Natural History at the BBC goes from strength to strength.”


Attenborough and the Giant Sea Dragon finds Sir David Attenborough by a crumbling cliff edge on the Jurassic coast of Dorset, where a fossilised super predator has been discovered.

National Geographic Commission Earth Live!

11 October 2016

Plimsoll Productions will co-produce a major wildlife series for Nat Geo Channel as part of its international expansion plans.

Andrew Jackson has been promoted to president of international production. He will be charged with expanding Plimsoll’s overseas business, which includes a stake in fledgling distribution firm Magnify Media, founded by former DRG exec Andrea Jackson.

One of Jackson’s immediate priorities will be Earth Live!, a global wildlife event series for Nat Geo that Plimsoll is co-producing with US indies Bunim-Murray Productions and Berman Productions.

VI Rental @ NHN Buzz Track

09 October 2016

Thanks to Visual Impact Rental for sponsoring NHN Buzz Track - the unofficial guide to Wildscreen !  

NHN Buzz Track@Wildscreen2016 will be featuring 5 very special cameras and bits of kit from VI this week in our Buzz Track 'A Camera A Day'  Feature. 

Then go and have a play, talk to the experts and get your hands on that wondeful kit at their offices :  

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