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Meet the 2018 Ocean Talks Speakers

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James Honeyborne

Executive Producer, BBC Studios, Natural History Unit

James Honeyborne is an Executive Producer at BBC Natural History Unit (NHU).

James has overseen some 35 films, working with multiple co-producers around the world. His recent projects include the Emmy-nominated series Wild New Zealand, with National Geographic, and the BAFTA-winning BBC One series Big Blue Live, with PBS. James conceived Blue Planet II in 2013 and has spent the last four years working with a talented team of film makers, in pursuit of new and extraordinary stories from beneath the waves.

James graduated as a Biologist in the early 90s and since then has mostly worked at the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit. He first learned to scuba dive some 20 years ago, when producing David Attenborough’s Wildlife On One. Then he was lucky enough to meet World Champion freediver, Tanya Streeter and a succession of freediving films followed. Then, after a break from the waves — directing a feature film in the Kalahari Desert — he became the Series Producer of the hit BBC1 series, Africa.

Beyond television, James directed Meerkats the Movie which was narrated by Paul Newman. He recently made a short film, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which premiered at the opening of the United Nations Ocean Conference. He also oversees various digital productions on ocean-related content and can be followed on Twitter @OceanHQ.

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