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Keith Scholey, joint Director of Silverback Films, is currently the joint Series Producer of the Netflix series Our Planet and Director/Producer of Disneynature Dolphins.
Born and raised in East Africa, Keith qualified as a zoologist with both a BSc and PhD from the University of Bristol. He furthered his passion through a television career in the BBC Natural History Unit where produced programmes such as the award-winning series The Private Life of Plants with David Attenborough, Wildlife Specials, Wildlife on One, and Big Cat Diary. Between 1998 and 2002, he became the Head of the Natural History Unit and oversaw the creation of series such as Life of Birds, Blue Planet, Andes to Amazon, and Cousins and Springwatch.
In 2002, as Controller of Specialist Factual Production, he oversaw David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals, Life in the Undergrowth, Planet Earth, Seven Industrial Wonders, and specials such as Pompei and Supervolcano. He helped development of The One Show in 2006.
After a long and illustrious career, Keith left the BBC in 2008 to pursue an independent career in natural history cinema and television production. In 2012, he and Alastair Fothergill formed Silverback Films which specialises in the production of high quality wildlife films for both television and cinema. Productions include series North America, Deadly Islands, and the BAFTA award-winning series The Hunt for the BBC. Recently the Silverback team made four feature films: African Cats, Chimpanzee, Bears, and Monkey Kingdom. Awards for productions so far include Emmy’s, BAFTA’s, RTS’s, Wildscreen Panda Awards, and Jackson Hole Awards.