ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL (Director/Producer) was described by The
Journal as "the Spielberg of nature films." He is the director of four previous
Disneynature productions: "African Cats" and "Bears" (with Keith Scholey), as
"Chimpanzee" and "Earth" (with Mark Linfield). Fothergill was also a co-director
"Monkey Kingdom" (with Mark Linfield), and more recently "Dolphin Reef" (with
Scholey). Fothergill's Disneynature films number among the highest-grossing
feature-length nature films in North American box-office history. Fothergill is
also currently a
series producer of the Netflix original series "Our Planet", and executive
producer of the
BBC series "Perfect Planet."
Fothergill's other theatrical credits as a director include "Deep Blue." From
2006, Fothergill was series producer of "Planet Earth," one of the most
acclaimed documentary series of all time. He later executive produced the
BBC/Discovery Channel series "Frozen Planet," a natural history of the polar
More recently, he was executive producer of the landmark BBC series "The
examining the strategies used by predators and prey. His many other credits
"Life in the Freezer" and "The Trials of Life."
Fothergill studied zoology at Durham University and began his career in 1983
joined the BBC's renowned Natural History Unit. He served as head of the Natural
History Unit from 1992 until 1998.
When he is not working, Fothergill is a keen walker and amateur artist.
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