James graduated as a Biologist and has worked at the BBC’s Natural History Unit ever since. He first learned to scuba dive some 20 years ago, when producing David Attenborough’s ‘Wildlife On One’. A succession of freediving films followed, featuring World Champion, Tanya Streeter. After a break from the waves – directing a feature film in the Kalahari Desert – he became the Series Producer of the hit BBC1 series, ‘Africa’.
As Executive Producer, he has overseen some 35 films, working with multiple co-producers around the world. His recent projects include the EMMY-nominated series ‘Wild New Zealand’, with National Geographic, and the BAFTA-winning BBC1 series, ‘Big Blue Live’, with PBS. James conceived ‘Blue Planet II’ in 2013 and has spent the last five years working with a talented team of film makers, in pursuit of new and extraordinary stories from beneath the waves.
Beyond television, James directed ‘Meerkats the Movie’, for Harvey Weinstein, which was narrated by Paul Newman. And he recently made a short film, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which premiered at the opening of the United Nations Ocean Conference. He also oversees various digital productions on ocean-related content