From plastics in Blue Planet II, to reusable water bottles on Love Island, Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron and sustainable production on Emmerdale, the TV industry is trying to reduce its negative impact on our planet.
But with a ninja move could it be doing even more? And could you be part of it?
During this one hour event, you’ll hear from four industry experts who will discuss the initiatives encouraging production teams to embed sustainability into the programmes you see on screen - from drama, right through to comedy, and of course, high-impact environmental shows. They’ll also be sharing practical advice about how everyone can play their part in making productions more environmentally friendly, like carbon calculating, sustainable lighting, and meat-free meals.
The line-up includes:
Aaron Matthews - Head of Industry Sustainability, BAFTA
Liz Bonnin - Science, natural history and environmental broadcaster
Philip Holdgate - Senior Project Manager, ITV Studios
Tom McDonald, Director of BBC Studios Factual
Host: Gaby Hornsby, RTS Futures Committee member, Assistant Commissioner for Seasons and Campaigns, Factual, and TV Sustainability Lead, BBC
Aaron is environmental advisor to the BAFTA albert Consortium - a group of 20 UK broadcasters and production companies creating the tools and resources to help the film and TV sectors respond to the challenge of sustainability. Having previously worked with BBC and Warner Bros. productions, Aaron continues to support screen art projects as well as advise on industry-wide sustainability strategy.
With a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, science, natural history and environmental broadcaster Liz Bonnin has presented over 40 primetime TV programmes including the BBC's Bafta-Award winning Blue Planet Live, Super Smart Animals, Galapagos, Horizon and the landmark documentary Drowning in Plastic which investigated the ocean plastic crisis and raised the level of public debate on this important topic, winning both a prestigious RTS Award and a Grierson Award. Most recently Liz was on our screens with Meat: A Threat to Our Planet?, investigating how our growing hunger for meat is impacting the planet.
She is currently presenting the new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast What Planet Are We On?, which explores climate change and our relationship with the natural world, and includes guests David Attenborough, Idris Elba, Bella Lack and Christiana Figueres.
Phil is a Senior Project Manager for ITV Studios, his work includes leading ITV's sustainable productions strategy focused on reducing carbon emissions and waste to net zero, and creating a sustainable culture. He has spent many of his 24 years at ITV embedded within the Emmerdale Production team, and has held several roles in production finance, and more recently in project management.
Phil represents ITV Studios at BAFTA's Albert consortium, is part of the European Broadcast Union sustainability group, and is the co-founder of Sustainable Arts In Leeds (wearesail.org)
Tom McDonald joined BBC Studios in 2020 as Director of Factual and oversees the Natural History Unit, The Science Unit, The Documentary Unit and Factual Salford.
Previously he was Head of Commissioning Natural History & Specialist Factual for BBC Content. During his 7 years there, his commissions included Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Seven Worlds, The Planets, A House Through Time, The Yorkshire Ripper Files, Muslims Like Us, Who Are You Calling Fat?, Amazing Hotels, Inside The Factory, Chris Packham: Asperger's & Me, Drowning In Plastic, A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad & factual drama The Windermere Children.
Before then, Tom was a series producer & executive producer on some of the UK's best known series including Who Do You Think You Are?, 24 Hours in A&E, The Apprentice & Young Apprentice; as well as the BAFTA nominated social experiment The Young Ones.