Mark Jacobs

Innovation Executive, BBC Natural History Unit

Qualified originally as an Environmental Scientist and with a claim to fame as a researcher on some of the last Animal Magic programmes, Mark has made a career as a wildlife film maker and innovator.  He has produced many award winning films for BBC series, ranging from Wildlife On One and Supersense to landmark series in Central America and Polynesia and environmental investigations for Nature. Ten years ago, Mark pioneered some of the first applications of 3D animation for both the BBC and Discovery and in 2000 he joined the BBC's R&D arm (then called BBC Imagineering) to help pioneer new ways of using multimedia content.

Mark pioneered the introduction into the BBC of Augmented Reality based technology from Japan and USA and helped advise on the development of the Creative Archive and Earth Portal. He was Executive Producer of the BAFTA and RTS award winning Coast interactive mobile project, and has just completed a commissioning attachment for the BBC and Open University partnership assisting them with the development of their cross platform broadcast strategy. He is also the BBC representative on the Bristol Natural History Consortium responsible for the annual international "Communicate" conference on best practice in environmental communication and Bristol Festival of Nature. He is currently producing an interactive film on Evolution for the Natural History Museum in London.



Email: mark.jacobs@bbc.co.uk


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