James is a wildlife filmmaker on a mission to create a new impactful viewing experience for everyone who seeks to enjoy and connect with the Natural World.
James is a biologist by degree and a storyteller by heart. He was Executive Producer of the BBC hit series, “Blue Planet II’. The series broke all records as the most-watched wildlife documentary in a generation. The so-called “Blue Planet Effect” has become a part of the national conversation, creating undeniable impact both in Britain and around the world, notably on the marine issue of marine plastics.
After 25 years in public service broadcasting James has now set up his own TV Production company ‘Freeborne Media’. Freeborne is in creative partnership with Netflix to showcase the wonders of nature and encourage the protection of the natural world through ground-breaking films. James and his team aim to enthral, empower, and inspire the global audience with game-changing science and nature programming.
Emma, Alex and Sarah will be joining James on the stage as part of his new team producing a landmark natural history series for a streaming VOD service. They all started their diving careers in the UK before they worked in TV. Between them they have over 50 years of diving experience from DO and Regional Coach in the BSAC system, and an accumulative 25 years of media diving. The marine world is their passion has been a pivotal part of the careers, having worked on BBC’s Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Frozen Planet II as well as a number of presenter-led natural history and science documentaries set in the UK and around the world.
In his talk – Ocean exploration and wildlife filmmaking – James and the Freeborne team will share their adventures, challenges and filmmaking’s role in conservation.