Silverback Films Camera Bursary Deadline Approaching !

28 February 2018

Silverback Films invite applications for their 2018 Cameraperson bursary.

Closing Date 15 March 2018.

Silverback Films is looking for a bursary cameraperson to work on one or more of its blue chip productions. 

Please do not call the company direct, but apply as instructed below.



The position will be Bristol based, start in April 2018 and run for a year.

Showreels should illustrate an ability to shoot sequences, rather than just be a collection of good shots.

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

26 February 2018

More than eight million tonnes of plastic enters the world's oceans every year.

The BBC is to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after TV series Blue Planet II highlighted the scale of sea pollution.

First, throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by 2019.

By 2020, the BBC hopes to be free of single-use plastic across all sites.


Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said he had been "shocked" by the plastic waste featured in last year's nature documentary.

Two million plastic cups are currently used by BBC visitors and staff annually.

Terra Mater and OSF's Wild Korea

20 February 2018

As the eyes of the world focus on Pyeongchang and the Winter Olympics, Terra Mater Factual Studios (TMFS) and Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) have partnered to coproduce a series on the natural history of South Korea which TX'd in the UK this month. 

Filmed by a team that included NHN Members Mark Payne Gill and Graham MacFarlane, with a score written by Will Goodchild, the film was pick of the day in The Times, Guardian and other UK broadsheets.

In association with Buzz, CJ E&M and the BBC, Wild Korea (2 x 60 minutes) focused on the wildlife habitats of the peninsular. While tensions run high between the two countries, it revealed that there is a wildlife haven that exists between North and South.

NHNZ launch short form WiLD Studios

20 February 2018

Blue Ant Media-owned factual studio NHNZ has launched a new short-form division aimed at strengthening connections between brands, nature and wildlife.

WiLD Studios will focus on producing cinematic short-form non-scripted content by tapping into NHNZ’s remote production crews located in key wildlife destinations around the world. Projects will run anywhere between 30 seconds and 30 minutes.


The division will be led by international brand marketer and executive producer Carolyn Managh

With more than 25 years of brand marketing experience, Managh has worked in New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Australia where she held marketing director roles at Kraft, Nestle,, Microsoft and

Dog House join NHN

19 February 2018

We are delighted to welcome Dog House as our newest corporate members of NHN!  

Founded in 2004, Doghouse are one of Bristol’s busiest post-production facilities. Their ethos has always been to provide a friendly, family-like environment with bespoke creative and technical solutions for each individual client. Our colleagues and friends often liken them to a technical family hotel, providing service and a fun working atmosphere that is second to none.


FILE-BASED - As part of the UK Digital Production Partnership (DPP), we use Vidcheck’s automated quality control program ‘Vidchecker’ as our preferred AQC system. All files undergo a full in house technical review to ensure the video and sound quality of all projects passes broadcast standards.

BBC NHU Dynasty to be narrated by David Attenborough

19 February 2018

Sir David Attenborough will present Dynasty (w/t), a brand new five-part landmark series from the multi-award winning BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America and France Télévisions, to air later this year on BBC One.

Dynasty will be launched to international TV buyers at BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018 (18-21 February) with a special event dedicated to the series. BBC Worldwide Showcase is the world’s largest single-distributor sales market, attracting around 700 delegates from around the world.

Each episode of Dynasty follows individual animals - lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins - at the most critical period in their lives. Each is a ruler - a leader of their family, their troop, their pride - each determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.

Planet Earth II Win Broadcast Award Best Documentary Series 2018

18 February 2018

”Visually beautiful, technically astounding and utterly life-affirming. It shows what television can do”

BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions for BBC One

The late 2016 series that kept us on the edge of our seats as an iguana attempted to outrun a pack of racer snakes was the most-watched natural history show in 15 years, with a ratings peak of 14.43 million.


The production, which involved 117 shoots in 40 different countries over 2,089 filming days, delivered many other key moments. Capturing elusive snow leopards on film is a holy grail for nature film-makers but to film one being reunited with her cub was an extraordinary achievement.

International Big Cats Film Festival Finalists Announced

12 February 2018

Congratulations to all those who have made the final list for the International Bigs Gacst Film Festival.


We'd like to give a special mention to our NHN members who have been selected amongst the prestigious list of filmmakers:

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William Goodchild - South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness

12 February 2018

As a counterpoint to the Winter Olympic Games, currently being hosted in South Korea, it is our pleasure to share with you that NHN-member William Goodchild has composed the music for South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness.

It explores South Korea’s remarkable wildlife, natural landscapes and traditions explored and has been selected as Pick of the Day for The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Radio Times and TV Times

More info and to watch again:

Gavin Thurston receives Inaugural John Tompkins Natural Wildlife Award

12 February 2018

It was great to see Gavin Thurston collect the first ever John Tompkins Natural Wildlife award at the Annual International Moving Image Society’s award ceremony.

Nominated by Sir David Attenborough, Gavin was recognised for his innovative work over the years.

You can read more about IMIS here:


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