Blue Planet II exec producer James Honeyborne has left the BBC’s Natural History Unit to set up a new Bristol-based indie, Freeborne Media.

The new natural history production outfit has been formed with Renée Godfrey, an anthropologist who has worked on BBC shows including Bruce Parry’s Tribe and BBC/Discovery series Human Planet.

Honeyborne’s credits while at the BBC include Big Blue Live, Wild New Zealand and Africa.

Honeyborne said, “It’s been an honour and a privilege to work at BBC Natural History Unit for so long, but after 25 years, it’s time for us to find new audiences and explore fresh creative challenges. Freeborne will be seeking new ways to create impactful and meaningful viewing experiences for everyone who seeks to enjoy and connect with the natural world.”

Godfrey said, “Today nature is facing unprecedented challenges and there’s a pressing need for many important and surprising stories to be told.  Freeborne will showcase the wonders of nature and encourage the protection of the natural world through ground breaking films.”

Staff Reporter

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