Bernard is an award-winning Director, Producer, Series and Executive Producer specialising in nature and people documentaries for over 35 years. He started as a graduate trainee at the BBC in 1983, and later as a producer-director, series producer and executive producer in the BBC's Natural History Unit for over 21 years. In 2004 he left the BBC to form his own indie company Aqua Vita Films. There he developed and produced documentaries with all the major international broadcasters - BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Discovery, National Geographic, Smithsonian, PBS and Terra Mater. He also worked on a variety of TV genres including making a short drama and working with scriptwriters in the creation of full feature movies.
Bernard enjoys working with creative teams in developing new original TV productions for a global audience. His innovative and imaginative approach has been central to his work ethic and success. The essential character-driven story-lines created using the very best talent are the hallmark of every world class production.
He has worked in variety of productions from live studio to factual programmes, including "blue-chip" natural history documentaries and series for prime-time BBC ONE, BBC TWO, BBC FOUR, Channel FIVE, RTE ONE and international broadcasters such as National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, Nature (WNET/PBS) Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater. He has worked with great talent, like David Bellamy, Sir David Attenborough, Jonathan Dimbleby, Dame Diana Rigg and Kevin Spacey, as well as many others. His decades of experience brings a fresh and original approach to making films, pushing boundaries and style.
Creative story telling, talent and project management and a trusted team player is central to the success of all his productions.
Bernard is available to work as an executive producer, producer, director, as well as self-shoot director (with Red Helium 8K), writer, and consultant.
"My life's passion is making original TV programmes for a global audience I've learned that by working with the best creative teams we can show immersive visual stories that can change our perspective of our world both intelligently and emotionally."