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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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Neil Nightingale joins BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide announces today that Neil Nightingale has joined the BBC Earth team as Creative Director.

Nightingale brings his vast experience to BBC Earth activity internationally, overseeing the creative work of the team.

The BBC Earth brand was launched this year to act as the global guardian brand for the BBC’s natural history content across all territories and platforms including TV, DVD, licensing and digital.

Nightingale’s primary role will remain in public service working as an executive for the Natural History Unit.

He will be in an executive producer role at BBC working with the BBC Earth team to develop new forms of content for commercial release initially focusing on theatric productions, filming natural history content in 3D and creatively leading the development of Live Events around the BBC’s natural history programming.

Marcus Arthur, Managing Director of Global Brands, BBC Worldwide said "We are delighted to have Neil Nightingale on board bringing his expertise and knowledge to the BBC Earth Brand.

He has overseen all of the BBC’s natural history programming for the past 6 years including the landmark programmes Planet Earth and Life. His relationship and understanding of the BBC Earth brand and the content it encapsulates is invaluable."

Tom Archer, Controller of Factual Production for the BBC said: "The role Neil is taking up could lead the BBC's Natural History into completely new and exciting territories.

It’s always exciting to discover new ways of connecting with our audiences, especially when we have world-class content to offer them."

Nightingale has a wealth of experience in broadcasting joining the BBC in 1983 as a researcher and assistant producer.

In 1995 Nightingale became Series Editor for The Natural World, BBC Two’s long-running flagship natural history series.

Under his editorship The Natural World’s programmes won several awards including the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary Strand in 1998.

Nightingale was Head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit from 2003 to 2009, before deciding to step down at the beginning of this year.

In this role he was responsible for the Unit’s output of around 100 hours of television and 50 hours of radio programming every year as well as online and theatric content, making it the world’s largest production unit dedicated to wildlife content creation.

As Creative Director for BBC Earth at BBC Worldwide he brings his unique expertise to the brand to help BBC Worldwide expand and develop their natural history output exploring the potential for new ventures that will grow our international audience and looking at new ways for fans to engage with and enjoy our superlative content. 

Emma Finlay

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