Blue Planet II creator and exec producer James Honeyborne and director Renée Godfrey have launched their own production company. The pair have established Freeborne Media to produce “powerful” and “impactful” nature and science documentaries.

The company will be based in Bristol in the UK – widely seen as the center of wildlife film-making and the home of Honeyborne’s former employer, the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

Honeyborne has worked at the NHU since the early 1990s and has overseen 35 films for the division. In addition to ratings hit Blue Planet II, which launched last year, he produced BBC’s Big Blue Live, which was a co-production with PBS, and Wild New Zealand with Nat Geo. He also series produced BBC and Discovery co-pro Africa.

He also directed feature film Meerkats the Movie, which was narrated by Paul Newman.

Meanwhile, Godfrey, a trained anthropologist, has worked on BBC series such as Bruce Parry’s Tribe and BBC / Discovery co-pro Human Planet.  Her recent credits include Enchanted Kingdom 3D for BBC Earth and Wild Atlantic and Wild New Zealand for BBC / National Geographic.

Honeyborne said, “It’s been an honour and a privilege to work at BBC Natural History Unit for so long, but after 25 years, it’s time for us to find new audiences and explore fresh creative challenges. Freeborne will be seeking new ways to create impactful and meaningful viewing experiences for everyone who seeks to enjoy and connect with the natural world”.

Godfrey added, “Today nature is facing unprecedented challenges and there’s a pressing need for many important and surprising stories to be told.  Freeborne will showcase the wonders of nature and encourage the protection of the natural world through ground breaking films.”