Mike Gunton is a British television producer and a senior executive at the BBC Natural History Unit, the world's largest production unit dedicated to wildlife film-making. In November 2009 he became the Unit's first Creative Director.
He is best known as the executive producer of Life, a nature documentary series which revealed the adaptive survival strategies of animals around the world, and as the co-author (with Martha Holmes) of the accompanying book. He co-directed (with Holmes) a feature film version of Life, and was the executive producer of a major BBC One series on African wildlife, broadcast in 2013.
Film and TV credits
- Planet Earth II (2016) - executive producer
- Life Story (2014) - executive producer
- Hidden Kingdoms (2014) - executive producer
- Africa (2013) - executive producer
- One Life (2011) - co-director
- Madagascar (2011) - executive producer
- The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart (2010) - executive producer
- Life (2009) - executive producer
- Yellowstone (2009) – executive producer
- Galápagos (2006) – executive producer
- Life in the Undergrowth (2005) – executive producer
- Europe: A Natural History (2005) – executive producer
- Journey of Life (2005) – executive producer
- Nile (2004) – executive producer
- British Isles: A Natural History (2004) – executive producer
- Natural World (2001-2004) – series editor
- Steve Leonard's Extreme Animals (2002) - executive producer
- Steve Leonard's Ultimate Killers (1999-2001) - executive producer
- Animal People (1997-1999) – series producer
- Violent Planet (1999) - series producer
- Tales from the Riverbank (1997) - series producer
- Natural Neighbours (1994) - series producer
- The Trials of Life (1990) – producer
- Episode "Finding Food"
- Episode "Home Making"
- Episode "Once More into the Termite Mound: The Making of The Trials of Life"
- "Directory of Production Companies". The International Association of Wildlife Filmmakers. Archived from the original on 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
- Rushton, Katherine (2009-11-19). "NHU head Jackson makes mark with key exec changes". Broadcast magazine.
- "BBC One explores African continent in major new commission for Bristol's Natural History Unit". BBC Press Office. 2010-04-29.