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BBC Studios Natural History Unit Hires for New CGI Post


BAFTA-winning Mike Davis has been hired by BBC Studios Natural History Unit for the newly created role of CGI executive producer.

Davis specializes in natural history and science and has been an executive producer within the Science Unit for the last two years. Prior to that, he was a creative director at Atlantic Productions, where he produced Sky’s David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive and series directed BBC One’s Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos.

Davis also worked across Atlantic’s film slate and helped pioneer virtual-reality storytelling with David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive for London’s Natural History Museum and Space Descent VR with Tim Peake for the Science Museum. Other TV credits include Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, March of the Dinosaurs, David Attenborough Meets President Obama and Belsen: Our Story.

“I started my career at Framestore working on the Walking with Dinosaurs series, and the use of CGI has always been my true passion and frequently at the heart of the projects I’ve been involved in,” Davis said. “To be joining the Natural History Unit just as they launch the Apple TV+ series Prehistoric Planet is a thrill. Mike Gunton and his team have set a new bar for the nonfiction blockbuster. I can’t wait to start working on developing different formats, forming new partnerships and discovering new technologies.”

Jonny Keeling, head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, said, “The Natural History Unit is passionate about telling ambitious, original stories in creative new ways. I’m delighted to welcome Mike Davis; he has unparalleled clout in the world of CGI and natural history and that will only take our future output to even greater heights.”

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