Nature (Season 33) – Animal Homes

Production Biographies

Air date: 04/08/2015

Nature: Animal Homes

Production Biographies

Chris Morgan Host Chris Morgan is an ecologist, conservationist, educator, TV host/narrator and film producer specializing in international bear research and conservation. For more than 20 years, he has worked as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist. Morgan was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England and grew up in Southborne, Dorset, on Britain’s south coast. He credits his passion for wildlife in part to watching Sir David Attenborough’s nature documentaries as a child and young adult. He received his master’s degree in Advanced Ecology before emigrating to Washington State in 1997. Morgan owns Insight Wildlife Management, an ecology and environmental education organization, in Bellingham, Washington, and is co-founder of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP). Since 2002, GBOP, now known as Western Wildlife Outreach, engages and educates rural communities about grizzly and black bears as well as cougars and wolves in the North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains. In 2007, he co-founded and is executive director of the nonprofit Wildlife Media that oversees Beartrek, a film and global campaign to raise awareness and fund wildlife conservation through this first independent feature documentary for bear conservation, to be released in 2015. Morgan has narrated 13 films for Nature and was host and narrator for Siberian Tiger Quest as well as being the featured character in Nature’s three-part series Bears of the Last Frontier. Before Nature’s Guide to Animal Homes (w.t.) airs, he will be featured in The Last Orangutan Eden, airing February 25. He has also hosted productions for National Geographic Television, BBC and Discovery Channel. Besides hiking and camping, Morgan enjoys mountain biking and is trying his hand at fishing, especially for steelhead trout. He is never happier than when he’s immersed in bear country, or “the real world” as he calls it, but he also thrives on sharing his passion with others. A resident of Bellingham, he is a father of two and says that as a half-Brit and half-Pacific Northwesterner, he’s “delighted to live in a region where a decent beer brew is appreciated.” Ann Johnson Prum Filmmaker An avid outdoorswoman and jack-of-all-trades, Ann Johnson Prum is the executive producer, cinematographer and founder of New York City-based Coneflower Productions. A graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, she credits her interest in wildlife and filmmaking to several opportunities the college offered; including one summer project in Peru where she observed Jacques Cousteau and his film crew for a few days. At the ripe age of 24, her love of nature and adventure led to her first job as a wildlife cinematographer. As Prum gained more experience, she was able to contribute more and more to the films she worked on by taking on roles in editing, directing and producing, eventually creating her own independent company in 1994. She says she likes to use new science and filming techniques to profile in a different way an animal we think we know, such as a duck or hummingbird. For the past 20 years, Prum has been creating television documentaries about nature, science and the arts for channels including Nature, Discovery, TBS, The Sundance Channel, HGTV and the Science Channel. She was nominated for the 2010 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary for Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air and was awarded the 2013 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary for An Original DUCKumentary. Her most recent film, Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story, aired November 19, 2014, on PBS. A resident of New Haven, Connecticut, she is married to Richard Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. They have three sons. Fred Kaufman Executive Producer, Nature For two decades, Fred Kaufman has been a leading executive in the natural history genre. As the executive producer of the acclaimed Nature series, Kaufman has won multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards. He has been with the series since the beginning and overseen it since 1991.  During his tenure, Nature has been honored with almost 700 industry awards. In 2012, Kaufman was named the recipient of the International Wildlife Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Media. He was honored with the coveted Grand Teton Award for Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey, given at the 2011 Jackson Wildlife Film Festival, the festival’s highest honor. In 2010, he accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award from the prestigious Wildscreen Film Festival in Bristol, England. It was the first time in the 20-year history of the festival that the award was presented to an American series. In 2009, Kaufman was executive producer of The Legend of Pale Male, an award-winning feature documentary that chronicled the legendary hawk that nested on a Fifth Avenue building in New York City, and the life-changing events that followed. Many of Nature’s most memorable presentations have been produced under Kaufman’s stewardship, including Bears of the Last Frontier; Christmas in Yellowstone; Deep Jungle; AFRICA; Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air; Dogs That Changed the World; My Life as a Turkey; Inside the Animal Mind; Echo: An Elephant to Remember; and Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies. In 2006, Kaufman won a George Foster Peabody Award for The Queen of Trees, a high-definition portrait of the relationship between the tiny fig wasp and the giant fig tree. In 2008, Kaufman won a second Peabody Award for Silence of the Bees, which looked at the global crisis of the disappearing honeybees. In 2007, he wrote and co-produced The Best of Nature: 25 Years, a successful fundraising show for PBS that looked back at the highlights of the series’ first 25 years. In 2002, he created and executive produced an urban wildlife series for kids called Wild TV. Then in 1994, he executive produced In the Wild, a series of wildlife specials featuring celebrities. Memorable shows from that series included Dolphins With Robin Williams, In the Lion’s Den With Anthony Hopkins, Elephants With Goldie Hawn and Orangutans With Julia Roberts, which won a Genesis Award for best PBS documentary. To develop and fund programming, Kaufman has forged major international co-production partnerships with the BBC and National Geographic Television, and has collaborated with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. He continues to work with filmmakers and scientists from around the world. Kaufman is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Writer’s Guild of America. A graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, he is a resident of Westchester County, New York.