Managing Director: AGB Films
AGB Films was founded by Andrew Graham-Brown in 2003. He previously worked as a documentary producer/director at the BBC Natural History Unit - BBC Specialist Factual (Music/History/Arts) - and the BBC Factual Department (Antiques/999/Ray Mears and Documentaries) BBC Bristol. Prior to this, Andrew worked as a producer/director at BBC Pebble Mill on a range on magazine programmes including the BAFTA winning series, Top Gear and The Clothes Show. He started his career as a local news journalist.
30 years’ of experience as an executive producer, series producer, director and cameraman, has allowed Andrew to make a diverse range of documentaries for BBC, CHANNEL 4, CHANNEL FIVE, PBS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, DISCOVERY CHANNEL and ANIMAL PLANET. He has filmed people and animals in over 40 countries - and on on every continent, including sailing to Antarctica to spend six months filming Penguins, with his wife and children.
He Executive produced for AGB Films, Giraffe: Africa’s Gentle Giants, Narrated: David Attenborough, EMMY AWARD nomination: Best Wildlife Film, pending Oct 2017.
He was a Panel Judge for the Best Wildlife Film at the GRIERSON AWARDS, 2017.
Head of Development
Emma works on developing formats for features and specialist factual projects for AGB Films
20 years’ experience as a development producer, assistant producer and researcher. Emma helped develop and format BBC1’s long-running DIY SOS . Her broad slate of credits while working for many years BBC Bristol’s Features Department include: 999, Ray Mears’ Heroes of Telemark, Dirty Tricks of War: with Dick Strawbridge, All the Right Moves (first UK property magazine format), Golden Hour and In Extreme Danger.
In her earlier career at BBC Pebble Mill, Emma worked as a Researcher and Assistant Producer of the Two Hour Daily Studio Magazine Programme, Good Morning with Anne and Nick as well the BBC’s flagship, BAFTA AWARDING WINNING, The Clothes Show.
Freelance Producer/Director - Managing Director, Gripping Films.
Tom co-produced/directed with Andrew Graham-Brown on the AGB Films’, multi award winning production of Kangaroo Dundee, BBC2 Natural World Special (2x1 hour). Along with filmmaking and a keen interest in photography, Tom plays a central role in initiating ideas and developing future documentaries and series with AGB Films.
His AGB Films’/Gripping Films’ documentary, Giraffe: Africa’s Gentle Giants, narrated by David Attenborough, has been nominated for an EMMY AWARD: Best Wildlife Film (Awards pending Oct 2017). It won Best Feature at the American Conservation Film Festival, Best International Film at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, Best Director at Waimea Ocean Film Festival and been screened to the European Parliament.
With a First in Natural Sciences from St John’s College, Cambridge - and extensive experience in field science from the Russian arctic to the Mauritian jungle, his knowledge and passion for Science and Natural History add significant strength and flair to the creative hub of AGB Films, from pitch through to production and post production.
Tom produced and directed several episodes of the BAFTA, ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY and BROADCAST AWARD WINNING series, Inside Nature’s Giants (Windfall Films for Channel 4) including Inside Nature’s Giants Special: Sperm Whale and the Giant Squid special. His film How To Win The Grand National (OSF for C4) was nominated for an RTS award, Natural World; The Bat Man of Mexico won a Wildscreen Panda and Jackson Hole WFF awards for best People and Nature along with other awards.
He has worked as producer, director, assistant producer and specialist researcher on a diverse and exciting range of factual television productions that have a specific focus on humans and their relationship with the natural world. Tom has done major stints of working for Windfall Films, Dragonfly Productions, the BBC and Darlow Smithson Productions.
Excited by the possibilities of producing content specifically for online, Tom directed two of the groundbreaking ‘Cambridge Ideas’ films followed by 'NanoYou’, narrated by Stephen Fry and winner of the SCINEMA Best Short Award. Tom has also made online films for Wellcome Trust, Microsoft Research, Guerrilla Scientists, Kew Gardens, Universal Music and CIFF. He’s made interactive animations, a computer game about Nanoscience for the EU, a viral short narrated by David Attenborough about Margaret Thatcher and the ozone layer and a bunch of music videos.
He is currently directing a film for the forthcoming BBC landmark series, Rituals - Always in development - and managing his Independent Production Company, Gripping Films.
Specialist Wildlife Cameraman
Neil is is a world renowned 6x EMMY AWARD WINNING cinematographer with over 40 years experience filming rare and endangered species world wide. Over the past four decades Rettig has contributed to the production of hundreds of films, including IMAX Productions, National Geographic Specials and Science Documentaries. Rettig’s work has resulted in numerous awards for outstanding cinematography and conservation. Rettig has also published popular articles in National Geographic, Audubon, and other high profile magazines.
His knowledge of raptors, especially the rare forest Eagles, has resulted in scientific publications and a greater understanding of critically endangered species such as the Philippine and Harpy Eagles. Rettig’s fieldwork has been instrumental in the conservation of rare and threatened animals, the establishment of protected ecosystems around the world, and breeding projects for endangered species.
Neil Rettig is regarded as one of the finest natural history filmmakers in the world. He received one of his EMMY AWARDS for his cinematography on the AGB Films' Production, Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat.
Specialist Wildlife Cameraman
Warwick is a Director of Photography, working in natural history, science and adventure films. His prestigious work has taken him to hundreds of locations in more than 50 countries. Warwick started as a trainee with the BBC Natural History Unit in 1995 and then went went freelance to continue working for the BBC and various independents. He has won BAFTA, EMMY AND WILDSCREEN AWARDS.
His experience includes lighting in the studio and on location, sync and actuality filming. Warwick’s technical specialities are long lens animal behaviour, extreme macro, time lapse, motion control, IR and low light, high speed cameras for slow motion, stabilised camera support systems, special effects and graphics work. He is well I accustomed to working in dangerous and extreme environments.
Credits include: Dynasties: Painted Wolves, BBC NHU, Our Planet, Silverback/Netflix, Monkey Kingdom, Silverback/Disneynature Bears, Silverback/Disneynature, Chimpanzee, Silverback/Disneynature, Nature Nuts with Julian Clary, OSF/ITV
North America, Wild Horizons/Discovery, Wonders of the Monsoon, BBC NHU, Africa, BBC/NHU, Wonders of Life, BBC Science, Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay, BBC Scotland, Frozen Planet, BBC NHU, Casino Royale, EON/Sony Pictures, Nature's Great Events, BBC NHU, Life, BBC NHU, Ganges, BBC NHU, Earth Pilgrim, AGB Films/BBC NHU, Planet Earth, BBC NHU, Austin Stevens: Snakemaster, Tigress/Animal Planet, The Dolphin Murders, Tigress/Animal Planet, Big Cat Diary (Series 3,4 & 5), BBC NHU.
FOR AGB Films’ production, Earth Pligrim, Warwick won the WILDSCREEN Kodak Award for Cinematography.
EWAN HAMILTON DRYBURGH
Cameraman and Sound Recordist
Ewan is an exceptional team player, having been the bedrock of AGB Film’s productions over the last five years. He specialises in observational documentaries and is passionate about the natural world, having d and has studied wildlife and environmental photography and documentary film making.
Credits include: Eggs, presented by David Attenborough (Mike Birkhead Associates/BBC NHU), Rituals (BBC NHU), H is for Hawk - The Next Chapter’, Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (AGB Films/BBC NHU), narrated by David Attenborough, Kangaroo Dundee and Other Animals, narrated by Juliet Stephenson, (AGB Films/BBC NHU) and Dina In Her Own Words (Channel 4).
He’s worked on documentary and factual entertainment series including the Royal Television Society Award Winning, SAS Who Dares Wins (Minnow Films) and several drama reconstructions with Red Planet Pictures in which he also had an acting role.
When not filming, Ewan’s passion lies in ultra running, completing the Ice Ultra Marathon 2017 (230km in five days) and the 2016 Marathon Des Sables, raising over £8,000 for Hope for Children. In 2015 he won the Ben Nevis Half Marathon.
AGB Films’ is fortunate to have David as part of many productions. He’s a fantastic team player and adds a wonderful degree of calm to any documentary film shoot. David is based in both Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He is one of the best sound recordists we have ever worked with as he goes the extra mile to achieve grip and clear wireless sync recorded sound as well as stereo wild tracks.
Bill is the best person to have around any weird or difficult situation. He’s an incredible sound recordist and extremely funny. He’s been recording sound for 30 years, but still loves every day of it. Based in London, he’s used to extensive travel having worked in 50+ countries around the world.
AGB Films is fortunate to have ‘snatched Emily from the grips of M15, M16 and GCHQ!
After graduating with a degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester, Emily extensively travelled the world, particularly the Middle East.
For AGB Films, Emily does everything from film research and development, pilot directing and editing, sound, DIT on location and website design and management. She has a passion for politics, art, photography, music and conservation.
Nigel Buck is a BAFTA AWARD WINNING film editor.
AGB Films gives big credit to Nigel Buck, an alchemist and master film editor who has worked on many of AGB Films most successful documentary productions.
He has edited feature films for cinema, giant screen release and documentaries for BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Discovery, National Geographic and Animal Planet.
His credits include Dartmoor Killing, Blue Planet 2, Planet Earth 2, The Hunt, Enchanted Kingdom 3D, Tiny Giants 3D, Life Story, Africa, Frozen Planet, Last Flight to Kuwait, Life, Galapagos, Yellowstone, numerous BBC Natural Worlds, Wildlife on One and The Nile, as well as commercials and short films.
These productions have received awards in Europe and the USA: INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD, WILDSCREEN AWARDS, JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS , New York INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD - GRIERSON AWARD.
Nigel is ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD nominated: Factual Editing. WILDSCREEN AWARD: Best editing. BAFTA AWARD WINNER: Film Editor, BBC Natural History landmark Frozen Planet.
Nigel has collaborated with AGB Films on many productions including editing Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat, Earth Pilgrim, The Wild Places of Essex and Panda Makers: narrated by David Attenborough. He recently won JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD: Best Editing
Offline Editor, Online Editor and Colourist
Rick’s film editing suite is based at Wounded Buffalo Sound Studios, a stone’s throw from the BBC Natural History Unit. He has collaborated with AGB Films on many productions and pilots including Kangaroo Dundee 2x60: JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FIM FESTIVAL AWARD: Best People and Animals. GRIERSON AWARD Nomination: Best Science and Natural History, 2x INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS: Best Music and Best Series. Kangaroo Dundee 6x30, Kangaroo Dundee and Other Animals 2x60, Penguin Post Office: Narrated: Juliet Stevenson,( BBC NHU), Penguin Post Office (CBBC) WILDSCREEN AWARD Nomination: Best Children’s Programme and Drag!
Other credits include: Fake or Fortune? ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD Nomination, Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, Natural World: Puerto Rico, PJ Harvey / Ramy Essam The Camp, BBC Natural World Special: Attenborough ’s Ark, The Rattigan Enigma, Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, Soweto Strings: GRIERSON AWARD Nomination, Planet Ping Pong: ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD Nomination, Joe Zawinul: A Musical Portrait, British Style Genius, What Makes Britain Rich? And 999.
As well as doing a marvellous job as an offline film editor, Rick is an experienced online editor and colourist. He has finished many of AGB Films’ productions.
Annie is a legend within the world of Television Production Accountancy. Some one has to do it and by god she's good.
Annie does all AGB Films’ cost reports and production accounting. She works for other independent producers including Mock the Week (BBC), Peppa Pig, Friday Download and many blue chip natural history documentary series.
Cherry has worked in the film & television industry for over 20 years on dramas, features, documentaries, factual entertainment and natural history.
She graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of London (English & Drama) - and worked for several years in post-production on a number of award winning dramas including Band of Brothers for HBO and The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry.
Moving into production at the start of the millennium, Cherry progressed to Line Producer, working on a wide range of award-winning documentaries and dramas for some of the UK's top Indies.
Alexandra handles all of AGB Films’ legal matters. She is a freelance media/entertainment lawyer, working in the field for over twenty years, mainly for distributors, broadcasters, agents and independent producers in comedy, drama, natural history, factual entertainment, music and animation genres.
Her main skills are negotiation and drafting, creative and pragmatic problem solving, exercising good commercial judgement, establishing effective relationships, management and mentoring. She has various volunteer roles in the refugee and vulnerable women's career development areas.
Her legal back ground includes: Senior Lawyer, Fresh One Productions, Company Secretary and Trustee, He Equality Rights and Autonomy, Legal Associate, Rights TV, Acting Head of Legal, Optomen TV, Director and Head of Business, Calador Productions, Head of Business Affairs for Entertainment, Channel 4 and Business Affairs, BBC Worldwide.