Jill Bryant - Producer
Dinosaurs in the Wild is the second time Jill has made a big, ambitious journey to bring dinosaurs to life.
As a BBC Worldwide executive, she commissioned development of Walking with Dinosaurs – the Arena Spectacular, then became its Chief Executive Officer and joint originating producer. The show launched in Australia in 2007, was an instant hit and toured the world to be seen by around 8 million people.
With BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the BBC – Jill was Director of Marketing Asia-Pacific. She developed many big family brands, such as Teletubbies and Tweenies, in merchandising, DVD, books and live shows in China and other countries.
Jill, who began her career in commercial television in England, holds a Master’s degree in Arts Management.
Bob Deere - Producer
Bob began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to the BBC, where he worked as a television and radio reporter on a wide range of news and current affairs programmes.
Later, he edited and produced business, consumer and entertainment series with ITV, then joined public broadcaster ABC TV in Sydney as a series and executive producer of prime-time science magazine shows and documentaries, including the multi-award winning A Question of Survival and Quantum.
Bob was Executive Director of Programming for Reader’s Digest TV and video in Australia, and an executive producer for the company’s international production team, involved in creating and commissioning many top-selling science, travel, history, nature, children’s and family entertainment programmes for a worldwide audience.
Tim Haines - Creative Director
Tim created the ground-breaking, multi-award winning BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs, which was seen by 800 million globally. It was the first TV show to present dinosaurs as if in a natural history film.
He followed it with top-rating dinosaur specials and also consulted on the arena show Walking with Dinosaurs – the Arena Spectacular.
Tim founded production company Impossible Pictures and was Co-creator of the spectacular drama series Primeval, which became a hit prime-time show for ITV across five seasons.
He executive-produced all of the company’s drama output, including the 13-episode series Sinbad. Most recently, he was Executive Producer of the ITV action adventure Beowulf and the six-part murder mystery The Loch.
Freeman Ryan Design (FRD) - Set Design
FRD, based in Sydney and London, create engaging, high-impact multimedia visitor experiences and exhibitions worldwide.
Major projects include the Museum of American Railroad, the International Cricket Hall of Fame in Australia, and ‘Flight 1549 – Miracle on the Hudson’ at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the story of how a US Airways A320 crashed into the Hudson River with no loss of life.
The company recently re-developed Norway’s national aviation museum and turned the sets of The Hobbit into a tourist attraction in New Zealand. Ongoing work includes a Royal Flying Doctor visitor experience in Australia, and another called Planes of Fame – featuring historic warplanes that still fly – at Chino in California, which is expected to become the USA’s biggest flight museum.
Scott Faris - Live Action Director
Scott directed arena spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs, Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace, William Shatner’s one-man show on Broadway, Shatner’s World, Light Falls at the World Science Festival, starring renowned theoretical physicist Brian Greene, as well as over twenty productions of hit musical, Chicago, in over a dozen languages around the world.
Scott has also worked on other mega-scale shows, including EFX! at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and George Lucas’ Super Live Adventure, a multimedia spectacular that toured Japan.
Scott was part of the original production team that created the amazing Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Hotel. He has done extensive work as a show doctor and has also been a directing consultant for Cirque Du Soleil.
Cameron Wenn - Associate Live Action Director
Cameron was Associate Director of Walking with Dinosaurs – the Arena Spectacular in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia, working on the show in 27 languages and 32 countries.
He has been Associate Director for Jonathan Church’s Singin’ In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre / Stage Entertainment) since 2012, working on productions in the West End and tours of the UK, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Asia. Most recently he was Co-Director of the Moscow production (in Russian) and an Australian tour in May 2016.
Cameron also directed Crazy For You and The Life (ArtsEd, LONDON), and other credits include Joe Starts Again – (New York, Sydney, Melbourne) – for which he received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Director.
Impossible Pictures - Media Production
Impossible Pictures specialise in high-impact drama and factual shows for prime-time television and have built a reputation for bringing CGI and high-end effects to programmes for major broadcasters worldwide.
Factual productions include a series of BAFTA, RTS and Emmy award-winning Walking with Dinosaurs specials, action-adventure Prehistoric Park, and ground-breaking feature documentary and science series like Space Odyssey – Voyage to the Planets, Perfect Disasters and Blitz Street.
The company’s drama output has included five seasons of Primeval, a hit prime-time show for ITV in the UK and an international brand; and the 13-part action-adventure series Sinbad for Sky 1.
Milk VFX - Computer Generated Imagery
Milk, an award-winning company with studios in London and Cardiff, specialises in creating innovative, state-of-the-art digital visual effects.
Milk’s TV track record includes Sherlock; Doctor Who, The Last Dragonslayer, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Class, Thunderbirds Are Go, Beowulf, David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D, and Ice Age Giants.
Feature film credits include Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and High-Rise, Everest, The Martian, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Poltergeist, Brett Ratner’s Hercules, and Dracula Untold.
Milk’s numerous awards include three BAFTA Television Craft Awards, an Emmy for Sherlock, and an Oscar for feature film Ex Machina. Over a hundred artists worked on Dinosaurs in the Wild, one of the most technically complex productions the company has undertaken.
Crawley Creatures - Animatronics
Crawley Creatures, led by Jez Gibson-Harris, have been making animatronics for film, TV, commercials, museums and exhibitions worldwide for over 25 years and have won an Emmy, two BAFTAs, and a Millennium and two Royal Television Society awards.
They have created everything from life-sized dinosaurs to dragon flies, pigs to penguins, mammoths to mice and sparrows to spiders.
The company use in-house sculpting, 3D CAD design, laser scanning, 3D rapid prototyping, engineering, casting and artwork finishing for creatures that can be scaly, feathered or furred.
They have produced state-of-the-art animals for clients such as the Natural History Museum, London; the Tate Modern, London; and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Scott Willsallen and Bobby Aitken – Sound Designers
Scott is an Emmy Award-winning expert in sound design for major international events.
Design credits through his Australian company Auditoria include the Sochi 2014, London 2012, Vancouver 2010 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games ceremonies, as well as the Baku 2015 European Games and Doha 2011 Arab Games ceremonies.
Scott is trained in music, engineering and physics, and holds a Master’s degree with Honours in Audio Design and Acoustics.
Bobby Aitken has designed theatre, opera and live performance sound for over 25 years. Credits include worldwide productions of Ghost, Mamma Mia! We Will Rock You, Grease and Dirty Dancing, and in-the-round productions of Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Tosca.
Scott and Bobby recently formed UK company Remarkable Projects and collaborated on the audio design, systems consultancy and content mastering for the acclaimed Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A.
Adam Bassett, Woodroffe Bassett Design - Lighting Design
Adam Bassett and his partner Patrick Woodroffe have produced lighting designs for clients all over the world, including numerous theatre shows and large scale special events.
Credits include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, concerts for the Queen’s Jubilee, The Rolling Stones, Adele, AC/DC, Elton John, Simply Red and Phil Collins, as well as theatrical productions, including Sinatra the Musical, Showstoppers, Tonight’s the Night and Bat Out of Hell.
The team have also been responsible for lighting exhibitions for The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, in addition to many other installation and architectural projects for clients, including Fortnum & Mason, Somerset House, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Wynn Resorts, to name only a few.
Darren Naish - Scientific Consultant
Darren is a British vertebrate palaeontologist and science writer.
He obtained a geology degree at the University of Southampton and later studied vertebrate palaeontology at the University of Portsmouth, where he obtained an M.Phil. and PhD.
Darren is best known for his doctoral work on the basal tyrannosauroid theropod Eotyrannus, a dinosaur that he, together with colleagues, named in 2001. The discovery helped demonstrate that tyrannosauroids (the family of dinosaurs which includes Tyrannosaurus rex) had much in common with early birds.
He has published work on sauropod dinosaurs, pterosaurs, fossil marine reptiles, turtles, marine mammals and other fossil vertebrates, and articles on many other aspects of zoology. Darren has written several popular books about prehistoric animals and he founded the weblog and podcast, Tetrapod Zoology.
Joseph Lidster - Live Action Script
Joseph Lidster has written scripts for radio and television, including episodes of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs Aliens and Hetty Feather.
In 2012 his first stage play, Nice Sally, won two awards in the Off Cut Theatre Festival. He has also written a number of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Dark Shadows audio dramas. In 2015 he wrote the revamped Doctor Who Experience based in Cardiff, Wales.
Working with the BBC, he created the interactive Twitter #Sherlocklive game which later won the 2017 People’s Voice Webby Award. His short film, Wasted, reached the finals of the Balham Film Festival and was selected to be screened as part of the London Short Film Festival.