Nature — Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas
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 series Nature, Kaufman has won seven Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He has worked on 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, Nature earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the prestigious Wildscreen 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 Writers Guild of America and a board member of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Bronx Children’s Museum. He appears regularly on public television fundraising drives as a spokesman for quality natural history television.
Director and Producer
John Murray is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who in the last 30 years has directed and produced more than 120 films for the world’s leading broadcasters and has won numerous national and international awards. Career highlights include an Emmy for the documentary The Farthest, produced for PBS, BBC and others, which tells the story of the 1977 Voyager space mission; a Grierson, the U.K.’s top documentary prize, for Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World; and the highest honors in natural history filmmaking—Best of Festival three times in a row at the Wildscreen and Jackson Hole festivals—for the films Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Journey and Ireland’s Wild River. Both films aired on Nature (PBS) and were nominated for multiple News & Documentary Emmy Awards, with Murray’s own cinematography receiving two nominations. Cuba’s Wild Revolution, a documentary made on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis for Nature (PBS) and Channel 4, was also Grierson nominated in the U.K. Murray made his first film in 1991, chronicling the first Irish expedition to attempt an 8,000-meter Himalayan peak, and since then has made films on Everest, the North and South Poles, across Siberia and the Sahara, among many other locations.
Skip Hobbie is an Emmy Award-winning wildlife cinematographer based in Austin, Texas. He grew up in Texas flipping rocks and climbing trees, ever in pursuit of creepy crawlies and little critters. After receiving his B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas, Hobbie turned his love of wildlife into a freelance career that has taken him all over the world for National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery and PBS. His passion for wildlife and conservation are only equaled by his passion for technology. Hobbie’s quick grasp of how to use the latest and greatest camera tech in aid of storytelling quickly advanced his career as a young cinematographer. In 2012, he received an Emmy Award as part of the camera team for National Geographic’s series Untamed Americas.