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Paul Appleby, Director
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Current Projects...

Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone
Creative Industries consultancy with Bristol City Council.
ARKive in Your Pocket
Collaborative R&D project providing new mobile wildlife experiences with BBC R&D, Bristol University, Provision, Mubaloo, Wildscreen, Funded by Technology Strategy Board.
West of England LEP
Producing strategy for Creative Skills Hub and SME Growth programme for West of England LEP.
Accreditation for Creative Skillset
Accreditation for Creative Skillset evaluation of creative Higher Education courses.

More about me...

Paul Appleby : Director
An innovative media consultant building on BAFTA-winning TV experience to inspire and deliver creative opportunities.

Described by others as "highly innovative", a "brilliant leader" and "consummate team player", with "highly professional facilitation skills", "infectious enthusiasm" and "the vision and energy to take us places we didn't imagine".

Sources : Peter Salmon, BBC Leadership Course 360 Feedback, Fiona Pitcher, Dr Sean Bush, Louisa Hardman.
Director of VID Communications Ltd
Chair of West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Creative Sector Group
Chair of Bristol Media Group CIC, developing the Creative Industries in the Bristol area.
Partner in Skills2Film media training company
Board Member of the Council of Management of the Watershed Media Centre
Board Member of Encounters Short Film Festival
Board Member of University of Bristol 3CR (Communications, Computing & Content Research)
Board Member for REACT Steering Board (AHRC Research Centre)
Senior Advisory Board member for Big Green Week (Forum for the Future)
Paul has been a self-employed consultant since April 2009, developing projects in the technological and creative sectors and facilitating collaborations in the Bristol region, and now plays a central role in the economic and skills development of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, covering Bristol & Bath.

Paul worked in multiplatform media production since 1999, in award-winning teams, and has 20 years of experience as TV Series Producer. This includes producing and directing, self-shooting, executive producing, development, multiplatform and interactive production, virtual teamworking, mentoring, outreach and the devising of new working practices.

He is an experienced mentor and facilitator of media projects for young people, and delivered the internal training in the NHU for 6 years, focusing on junior staff under 25 and including all types of single camera production, location sound & specialist equipment

Selected project history (2000 - 2011)

2010 - 2011
Bristol-BBC Anchor Project. Developing collaborative working between the BBC and creative organisations in the city.
SANE (Single Asset, Numerous Experiences) Technology Strategy Board project. creating a new approach to metadata creation in creative industries.
First Light and Media Trust. Project evaluation.
Think Future Now. Sustainable production stimulus and facilitation project.

2008 - 2009
BBC Digital Media Initiative. Consultant/SME for new working practices in the BBC.

2006 - 2007
Saving Planet Earth. 36 programmes, 20 million viewers, 20 platforms, raising £2m to launch the BBC Wildlife Fund.

2006 - 2008
New Music for Wildlife Mentor and lead on new composer programme.

2003 - 2004
Venom ER Observational documentary series for Animal Planet, New York TV Festival finalist.

Life of Mammals Interactive. The most-used BBC factual interactive TV application of 2003. Second only to Wimbledon Interactive overall. Described by New Media Age magazine as "textbook-perfect interactive TV".

Executive Producer of Blue Planet Challenge. Winner of Cream design award. Nominated for Broadcast 2002 award in "Best Use of New media" category.
Series producer of "The Trench" on BBCi Hull interactive service Trench Project won EMMA for learning 18+, combining TV, web & ADSL. BBC Kingston service won EMMA as best interactive TV service.

Selected project history (20th Century)

1999 - 2001
Series producer of "Wild" on BBC Two. Including website team, and self shot wildlife documentaries. Self-shot series Tiger Trail has an audience of 3.2m.

X-Creatures. Wildlife detective stories. Audience increased throughout series to peak at 5.7m for Tasmanian Wolf. Investigation disproves "Bigfoot" - finally admitted as a hoax in 2002. Winner of Best Short series at Missoula Wildlife Film Festival.

1993 - 1996
Series producer of 3 series of Nature Detectives for BBC One, 3 series of Wildlife Showcase for BBC Two, including the first reverse co-production with ORF.

1994 - 1998
Devised, managed and ran local training for TV production, including “start-up” for new productions. Implemented NHU work experience.

1992 - 1993
Producer 2 Seconds to Midnight. A 90-minute environmental history of the Earth for BBC Two. Regarded by Steve Burns - VP Discovery Channel as "how the environment should be covered".

1987 - 1992
Really Wild Show & Roadshow. BAFTA for best Childrens' Factual Series. RTS Nomination for Best Childrens' Factual series.

1988 - 1991
Author "BBC Book of Dinosaurs" and "Wildside - Rainforest".

1988 - 2009
Series producer, BBC Natural History Unit.

1982 - 1987
Assistant Producer, Director & Producer, BBC Natural History Unit.

1981 - 1982
Researcher, BBC Natural History Unit.

1979 - 1981
Regional Film librarian, BBC Bristol.

Post-graduate Diploma in Librarianship at Manchester Polytechnic.

Bristol University. 2:1 Honours Degree in Zoology.