Alastair David William Fothergill
10 April 1960
|Education||Orley Farm School|
|Alma mater||Durham University|
Alastair David William Fothergill nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the series producer of the series The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006) and the co-director of the associated feature films Deep Blue and Earth.(born 10 April 1960) is a British producer of
Early life and education
Born in London, Fothergill attended Orley Farm School and Harrow School. He studied zoology at St Cuthbert's Society, Durham at Durham University and made his first film, On the Okavango, while still a student.
Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and David Attenborough's The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the Unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced Attenborough's award-winning series Life in the Freezer.
In June 1998, he stood down as head of the Natural History Unit to concentrate on his work as series producer on the multi-award-winning The Blue Planet. In 2006 he completed his next major series Planet Earth, which won the Cinema for Peace Clean Energy Award at the Cinema for Peace Gala Berlin in 2008.
More recently he was executive producer of Frozen Planet (2011) and The Hunt (2015).
He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss and is the author of three books.
In 2008, he signed a multi-picture deal with newly formed Disneynature, and now spends six months each year on sabbatical from the BBC developing feature documentaries as an independent producer. The first few titles under the Disneynature deal had been, for now, African Cats (2011), Chimpanzee (2012), Bears (2014), Penguins (2019), and Dolphin Reef (2020) co-directed with Keith Scholey, Mark Linfield, and Jeff Wilson.
In 2016, Fothergill was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society for his work in natural history programming. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to film.
Film and television credits
- The Really Wild Show (1986) – producer
- Wild Britain (1987) – producer
- Reefwatch (1988) – associate producer
- Wildlife on One (1988–92) – producer
- The Trials of Life (1990) – assistant producer
- Life in the Freezer (1993) –series producer
- Natural World, episode "South Georgia: An Island All Alone" (1998) – producer
- The Blue Planet (2001) – series producer
- Going Ape (2002) – presenter (with Saba Douglas-Hamilton)
- The Abyss – Live (2002–2003) – executive dog and presenter (with Michael deGruy, Kate Humble and Peter Snow)
- Deep Blue (2003) – writer and director (with Andy Byatt)
- Planet Earth (2006) – series producer
- Earth (2006) – writer and director (with Mark Linfield)
- Frozen Planet (2011) – executive producer
- African Cats (2011) – writer and director (with Keith Scholey)
- Chimpanzee (2012) – writer and director (with Mark Linfield)
- Bears (2021) - director (with Keith Scholey)
- The Hunt (2015) – executive producer
- Our Planet (2019) - executive producer
- Penguins (2019) – director (with Jeff Wilson)
- Dolphin Reef (2013) - director (with Keith Scholey)
- David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (2020) - executive producer
- "Medals and Awards" (PDF). Royal Geographical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- ""Grüner Oscar" für "Unsere Erde"". Greenlight Media (in German). 12 February 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- "RTS awards new fellowships | Royal Television Society". rts.org.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B11.
- Blundell, Nigel (14 August 2001). "Deep space". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 12 April 2020.