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John Downer

John Downer Productions
Executive Producer and Director

A passionate zoologist, John has been making ground breaking nature documentaries for the BBC for over 30 years. He made his name by abandoning the traditional style of nature documentaries and pioneering a highly inventive subjective approach. Using new technology and dramatic story-telling techniques he continues to find new ways to immerse the audience in the animal world. His innovative approach to filmmaking has brought him numerous international awards including an Emmy for genre-changing series such as Supersense, Weird Nature, Earthflight and Penguins - Spy in the Huddle. His productions have won an RTS award five times for the most innovative TV program of the year. Two years ago he was given a Wildscreen Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to wildlife television. Never afraid to experiment, his first music video, for Peter Gabriel, even won a Grammy. His "Spy" films are one of the longest running and most successful wildlife series ever made. They began 16 years ago with a film about lions shot with a Bouldercam. This changed the way wildlife films were made and gave a perspective on animals that had never been seen before. The latest series 'Spy in the Wild', incorporating advanced animatronic Spy Creatures, is the biggest and most innovative "Spy" series yet.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 26

4:30pm MDT

Thursday, September 28

9:00am MDT