Animals with Cameras, A NATURE Miniseries

Panelist Bios

Air date: 01/31/2018

Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries

Panelist Biographies


Gordon Buchanan

Wildlife Cameraman, On-Air Talent


Gordon Buchanan is an award-winning wildlife cameraman, presenter and public speaker. After 20 years filming wild and wonderful creatures in remote areas of the planet, Buchanan has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. He has taken part in challenging expeditions and adventures around the globe including South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska, always with a view toward raising awareness of the fragility of the world’s endangered species and habitats. Buchanan has also contributed to numerous award-winning BBC, Discovery and National Geographic wildlife programs and documentaries, resulting in an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling in recognition of his outstanding services to conservation and wildlife filmmaking. Most recently, Buchanan has been on screen in the highly acclaimed Elephant Family and Me and Life in the Snow on BBC One, and Life in Polar Bear Town and Tribes, Predators and Me on BBC Two.


Dan Rees

Series Producer, BBC

In a 20-year BBC career, Dan Rees has worked across the full gamut of its Natural History Unit output, from live events to mega-landmarks.  As producer/director (and occasional camera operator), his credits include the multi-award winning Frozen Planet and Ganges: Waterland, winner of the Shanghai Television Festival “Best Nature Programme” award.  As a series producer, his work includes Wild Arabia, Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth and now the groundbreaking Animals With Cameras.

Fred Kaufman

Executive Producer, Nature


For more than 25 years, Fred Kaufman has been a leading executive in the natural history genre. As the executive producer of the acclaimed PBS Nature series, Kaufman has won seven Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He has been with Nature since its beginning in 1982 and has overseen it since 1991. During his tenure, Nature has been honored with hundreds of industry awards. In 2012, Kaufman was named the recipient of the International Wildlife Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Media. 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 wildlife series. Kaufman is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Writer’s Guild of America. He is the vice chairman of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. He appears regularly on public television pledge drives as a spokesman for quality natural history television.