Creative Director, Studio Silverback
Jonnie Hughes was a science lecturer and journalist before joining the BBC Natural History Unit in 2002 to make documentaries. In the last two decades, working at both the BBC and independent production companies, he has produced and directed science and natural history films for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and Netflix. In 2012, he joined Silverback Films in Bristol, UK, to work as producer/director on the BAFTA award-winning BBC series The Hunt (2015) and then as Supervising Producer attached to Netflix’s Emmy award-winning Our Planet (2019). His collaboration with Sir David Attenborough on both these projects led to his engagement as producer/director on the multi-award winning David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet for Netflix (2020).
In October 2020, Jonnie joined forces with Colin Butfield, previously an Executive Director at WWF, to create Studio Silverback, an arm of Silverback with a mission to use the power of film-making to take the story of the urgent need for sustainability on Earth to as big an audience as possible. Their first series The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet featuring Prince William and Sir David Attenborough, was for BBC and Discovery . Their second, Seat at the Table, a series about climate justice with You-Tuber Jack Harries, was for You Tube Originals. Both aired in October 2021 in the run up to the Glasgow COP26. Studio Silverback also contributed to the opening ceremony of the COP. Jonnie has authored three books on science and the environment.
Jonnie will be moderating the Future of Storytelling panel session.