BBC Studios NHU Unveils £1 Million Talent Initiative


BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) is set to invest £1 million over the next three years in developing and supporting up-and-coming natural history filmmakers, both in the U.K. and around the world.

In locations where NHU is filming, the scheme will finance opportunities for local production talent to access in-country training, field experiences and U.K.-based courses. Funds will also be allocated toward creating local-language versions of NHU productions for communities who would otherwise have no means of accessing this content. Initiatives are already underway with the talent working on Kingdom, set in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Recruitment for multiple placements on other NHU series is currently underway.

Jonny Keeling, the head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, noted, “At the NHU, we’re passionate about telling original and compelling stories from nature to inspire audiences across the planet. To uncover those brilliant new stories and make emotionally engaging films, we’re always looking to encourage and grow new talent with different perspectives. This new investment will reinforce our commitment to attracting and growing those exciting new wildlife filmmakers.”