Keith Scholey


Keith co-founded Silverback Films in 2012. He has been making award-winning and world-class wildlife films for over 30 years.

Keith was born and raised in East Africa and qualified as a Zoologist with both a degree and PhD from Bristol University. In 1982 he worked as a wildlife stills photographer, a passion that continues to drive him. At the same time, Keith began working with the BBC Natural History Unit as a researcher and subsequently became a producer making many films for the ‘Natural World‘ and ‘Wildlife on One‘ series, and the landmark Sir David Attenborough’s award winning ‘The Private Life of Plants‘. In 1993 he became Editor of ‘Wildlife on One‘ and created series such as the ‘Wildlife Specials‘ and ‘Big Cat Diary‘.

In 1998 he was appointed the Head of the Natural History Unit and as Editor in Chief oversaw series including Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Life of Birds‘ and ‘The Life of Mammals‘, ‘Blue Planet‘, ‘Andes to Amazon‘, ‘Cousins‘ and ‘Wild Africa‘. In 2002 he was appointed BBC Controller of Specialist Factual, responsible for BBC Natural History, Science, History, Arts, Business and Religious in-house productions. Natural History productions made during this time included ‘Springwatch‘, Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Life in the Undergrowth‘ and ‘Planet Earth‘.

Keith also oversaw other, major factual series including: ‘Seven Industrial Wonders‘, ‘Egypt‘ and ‘Rome‘, and specials ‘Pompeii‘ and ‘Supervolcano‘.  In 2006 he was appointed the Controller of Factual Production, responsible for all BBC ‘in house’ Factual television production across England. As the Deputy Chief Creative Officer for Vision Productions, Keith guided the BBC’s Drama, Entertainment, Comedy and Factual in-house productions, and was responsible for the development and launch of ‘The One Show‘.

In 2008 Keith left the BBC to return to his love of making wildlife films. For cinema, Keith directed the Disneynature films ‘African Cats‘ and ‘Blue‘, and was joint Director of Disneynature’s ‘Bears‘. For television, he was the Executive Producer of Discovery’s major wildlife landmark series ‘North America‘ and Animal Planet/Discovery International series ‘Deadly Islands‘.

He is currently in production with a major landmark natural history series for Netflix, ‘Our Planet‘, which will be released globally in April 2019.

Awards for productions Keith has been responsible for include EMMYS, BAFTAs, RTS’s, Wildscreen Pandas and Jackson Hole Awards. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bristol.

Director & Producer, Keith Scholey.