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AFRICAN CATS

Born and raised in East Africa, KEITH SCHOLEY (Directed by/Produced by/Narration Written by) qualified as a zoologist with both a degree and PhD from Bristol University. In 1982 he began work as a wildlife stills photographer, a passion he pursued throughout his television career. He also began working with the BBC Natural History Unit as a researcher and subsequently became a producer, making many films for the "Natural World” and "Wildlife on One” series, as well as for special series including David Attenborough's award-winning "The Private Life of Plants.” In 1993 he became an executive producer running "Wildlife on One” and creating popular series such as the "Wildlife Specials” and "Big Cat Diary.”

In 1998 Scholey was appointed the head of the BBC's Natural History Unit and as editor-in-chief, oversaw series including David Attenborough's "The Life of Birds” and "The Life of Mammals,” "Blue Planet,” "Andes to Amazon,” "Cousins” and "Wild Africa.” In 2002 he was appointed Controller of Specialist Factual at the BBC, responsible for in-house natural history, science, history, arts, business and religious productions. Natural history productions made during this time included "Springwatch,” David Attenborough's "Life in the Undergrowth” and "Planet Earth.” In 2006 he was appointed Controller of Factual Production, responsible for all of the BBC's in-house factual television production in England and also the deputy chief creative officer for Vision Productions.

The productions for which Scholey has been responsible have won numerous awards, including Emmys®, BAFTAs, Wildscreen Pandas and Jackson Hole Awards. He is currently the executive producer of the Discovery series "Wild Planet: North America” as well as joint producer of "African Cats.”

Outside his work, Scholey, who lives in Bristol, enjoys sailing and scuba diving and fine French wine.

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