DAVID ATTENBOROUGH is the world’s leading natural history broadcaster. His distinguished career in television spans more than fifty years. His films and series have won nearly every major award in television, including several British Academy awards, a fellowship and several Emmys. His programmes have been seen by audiences around the world and have received some of the highest ratings for factual programming. The DVDs of his series and his accompanying books have also sold millions of copies internationally.
David joined the BBC in 1952, initially working in the Television Talks Department. In 1954 he launched the first of his famous Zoo Quest series which, over the next ten years, took him to the wilder parts of the world. During this period, he also worked on a wide range of other programs, including political broadcasts, archaeological quizzes, short stories, gardening and religious programmes.
In 1965, he became Controller of BBC Two and was responsible for the introduction of colour television to Britain. In January 1969, he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both the BBC's television networks. He worked in the BBC’s senior management until 1973 when he decided to return to programme-making.
Following Eastwards With Attenborough, a natural history series set in South East Asia, and The Tribal Eye, examining tribal art, David wrote and presented the thirteen-part series Life On Earth, first broadcast in 1979. Internationally acclaimed, this was the most ambitious series that had ever been produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
In 1984 came its sequel The Living Planet, and in 1990 followed the final part of the trilogy, The Trials Of Life. He also wrote and presented two shorter series, The First Eden on the long history of humankind's relationship with the natural world in the lands around the Mediterranean, and Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives about fossils.
Throughout the 1990s David presented natural history series that reached global audiences. His 1993 series Life In The Freezer, a spectacular celebration of Antarctica, was followed in 1995 by the epic The Private Life Of Plants. In 1996, Attenborough In Paradise fulfilled a lifelong ambition for David to make a film dedicated to the elusive and beautiful birds of paradise. In 1997, he narrated the award-winning The Wildlife Specials, marking forty years of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, and in 1998 he completed the epic ten-part series The Life Of Birds.
In autumn 2000 David presented State Of The Planet and in autumn 2001 he narrated The Blue Planet. In 2002 he presented the immensely popular The Life Of Mammals, followed by Life In The Undergrowth in 2005. In 2006 he narrated Planet Earth and presented the environmental series Climate Chaos: Are We Changing Planet Earth? David completed his ‘Life’ series with Life In Cold Blood, which transmitted in early 2008.
His documentary, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, was broadcast to mark Darwin’s anniversary year. As well as How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth? which looked at the issue of global population growth. In 2009 David also wrote and narrated the BBC version of The Link and narrated the series Nature’s Great Events. In 2011, David Attenborough narrated the 7-part Frozen Planet series for the BBC and Discovery, shown around the world, as well as the BBC’s Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild in 2012, and Africa and David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities in 2013.
In 2009 David made his first production outside of the BBC to begin working with Atlantic Productions, and Producer Anthony Geffen to make First Life for which David won 2 Emmys – Best Natural History Film and Best Writer - and the team won a further Emmy for Best CGI. This was the beginning of a collaboration with Atlantic, and Producer Anthony Geffen that has now resulted in 9 productions
Several of David’s Atlantic Projects are made for Sky 3D; David won a BAFTA for Flying Monsters (also released in the cinema) which also won best 3D Wildlife Film at Wild Screen, Jackson Hole, Kingdom of Plants won best European 3D Documentary of the Year and a BAFTA for Photography, Galapagos 3D is one of the highest rated factual programme on Sky and Sky 3D in 3 years, The Penguin King 3D will be released in Cinemas soon, and he’s currently making David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Adventure for Christmas 2013, and Conquest of the Skies for Christmas 2014. Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates is the follow up to the award winning First Life.
David was knighted in 1985. Over the years he has received several honorary degrees and a number of prestigious awards including Fellowship of the Royal Society. He has served as a Trustee of the British Museum, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and as President of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation.
ANTHONY GEFFEN (PRODUCER)
ANTHONY GEFFEN is one of the world’s leading documentary producers and filmmakers. He worked for BBC Television for 10 years before setting up Atlantic Productions in 1992. His films have won over 28 of the most coveted awards in television and are regularly seen in over 30 countries worldwide. He is also renowned for his work on other digital platforms.
He recently won a BAFTA award for Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (Sky 3D) which has gone on to win all major international 3D awards, including Best 3D Film at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Best 3D Film at the Wildscreen Festival Panda Awards. The film has also been extremely successful in IMAX and giant screens around the world. Geffen won an unparalleled three Emmy awards for First Life with David Attenborough (BBC/ Discovery), while his feature-length documentary The Wildest Dream – Conquest of Everest, recently won an award at the Giant Screen Congress for Best IMAX film.
His extensive and varied work in television includes: the Emmy award-winning Jerusalem City of Heaven; the highly-rated global specials of the Emmy-winning Nefertiti Resurrected (Discovery Channel) and Predator X (History/ ZDF); the series Secrets of Egypt (National Geographic/ Five); the series Rome Unwrapped (National Geographic/ Five) and the series Lost Worlds (History). Other landmark series include the award-winning The Promised Land and The American Dream (BBC/ Discovery); The Greeks – Crucible of Civilisation (BBC/ PBS); the Emmy-nominated Charlotte Church Live special (BBC/ PBS) and the BAFTA nominated Munich: Mossad’s Revenge (Channel 4/ Discovery).
Anthony is currently completing several series and specials including a 6-part archaeology series called Time Scanners for PBS and National Geographic, and Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates for the BBC.
His major 3D projects also include The Penguin King 3D with David Attenborough, recently released in cinemas, and the acclaimed 3-part series The Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough, screened in May 2012 which won Best European 3D documentary award. Both are currently showing around the world and are scheduled for release on giant screen. Atlantic Productions formed a joint company, Colossus, to develop and produce 3D projects, the first of which was the 3-part series Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough, first aired on Sky 3D in January 2013, and is one the of the highest rated factual programmes on Sky and Sky 3D for the last 3 years.
His multi-platform projects include the award-winning website The Link, the U Everest expedition site, The Flying Monsters app and the highly-acclaimed Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough app, chosen by iTunes as one of their Apps of the Year 2012.
DAVID LEE (DIRECTOR)
David has worked on several projects with David Attenborough including the acclaimed documentary Attenborough’s Journey, The Making of Galapagos 3D, and is currently Directing a new David Attenborough 3D series for Sky called Conquest of the Skies, a major 2-part series about flight of birds. Other credits include Rome Unwrapped (Nat Geo), The Lost Pyramid (C4), and Secrets of Egypt (Nat Geo.)