Netflix has inked a multi-year overall deal with Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne.
Honeyborne, the Executive Producer of the award-winning nature series, has worked on a number of BBC series, including the BAFTA-winning Big Blue Live and the Emmy-nominated series Wild New Zealand. He was also the Series Producer of the hit-series, Africa. Trained as a biologist, he has overseen some 35 films during his time as an Executive Producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
The multi-year agreement will see him produce new nature and science series for Netflix along with producing partner Renee Godfrey. Their productions will be through their company Freeborne Media Ltd.
Godfrey trained as an anthropologist before working on the acclaimed series Tribe and Human Planet. Her recent credits include Enchanted Kingdom 3D, Wild Atlantic and Wild New Zealand.
Freeborne will be based in Bristol, England – the international home of wildlife filmmaking.
Lisa Nishimura, VP of Documentaries and Comedy at Netflix, says: “James has created some of the most captivating natural history series of our time, with breathtaking sweep and vision. I am thrilled that he will be working with us at Netflix, bringing his unique exploration of the wonders of the natural world to our viewers.”
James Honeyborne adds: “Freeborne is excited to be working with Netflix and for the new creative opportunities that will arise from our partnership. Today, wildlife and wild places are facing unprecedented challenges. There is a pressing need to tell important, surprising and inspiring stories about our world. Working with Netflix means we can create game-changing documentaries that can reach and engage a huge global audience.”