James Honeyborne is an Executive Producer at the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit. For the past four years he’s been making the latest BBC1 hit series ‘Blue Planet II’ – the UK’s most-popular TV show of 2017.
‘Blue Planet II’ has broken all records as the most-watched wildlife documentary series in a generation and has become a part of the national conversation, creating undeniable impact both in Britain and across the world. James is a biologist by degree and a story-teller by heart.
Background: James was born in Bristol, just half a mile from where he now works, but he has travelled the world and worked in every continent. He first learned to scuba dive some 20 years ago, when producing Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Wildlife On One’. A succession of freediving films followed, featuring World Champion, Tanya Streeter. After a break from the waves, directing a feature film in the Kalahari Desert, he became the Series Producer of the hit BBC1 series, ‘Africa’, rated top documentary in 2013 in the UK and seen by an estimated 500 million viewers worldwide.
As Executive Producer, he has overseen around 35 films, working with multiple co-producers around the world. His recent projects include the BAFTA-winning BBC1 series, ‘Big Blue Live’, featuring blue whales and great white sharks, broadcast live from Monterey Bay, California.
James conceived ‘Blue Planet II’ in 2013 and has spent the last four years working with a talented team of film-makers, ocean experts and scientists, in pursuit of new and extraordinary stories of life beneath the waves.
Beyond television, James recently made a short film on the importance of the Oceans which was narrated by Sir David Attenborough and premiered at the opening of the United Nations Ocean Conference. He also oversees various digital productions on ocean-related content and can be followed on Twitter @OceanHQ.
James is a qualified rebreather diver and freediver and has been lucky enough to meet and marry a mermaid. They live in a cottage near Bristol, overlooking the Celtic Sea.
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