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ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL (Director/Producer) was described by The Wall Street Journal as "the Spielberg of nature films." He is the director of four previous Disneynature productions: "African Cats" and "Bears" (with Keith Scholey), as well as "Chimpanzee" and "Earth" (with Mark Linfield). Fothergill was also a co-director of "Monkey Kingdom" (with Mark Linfield), and more recently "Dolphin Reef" (with Keith 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 2002 to 2006, Fothergill was series producer of "Planet Earth," one of the most critically acclaimed documentary series of all time. He later executive produced the BBC/Discovery Channel series "Frozen Planet," a natural history of the polar regions.

More recently, he was executive producer of the landmark BBC series "The Hunt," examining the strategies used by predators and prey. His many other credits include "Life in the Freezer" and "The Trials of Life."

Fothergill studied zoology at Durham University and began his career in 1983 when he 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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