Love Nature, a joint 4K wildlife content venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has expanded its commissioning office with the appointment of Alison Barrat to VP of production and development, and James Manfull to executive producer.
Barrat (pictured, left) will provide leadership for Love Nature’s new projects and is tasked with executing programming strategies for the brand’s international channels via development and production. The executive will be the main point of creative contact for both in-house and indie production companies, and will team with producers to find and develop production and on-screen talent.
Barrat takes on the role with immediate effect and reports into Carlyn Staudt, EVP of programming and development at Love Nature.
Barrat is an Emmy winner with more than 20 years experience in natural history film production. She comes to Love Nature from Living Oceans Foundation where she created a specialist wildlife film production unit and executive produced a variety of films for PBS, the Smithsonian Channel and CuriosityStream.
Prior to that, she has written, produced and directed natural history and science documentaries and series for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Communications and PBS. Barrat also held leadership roles in development and production with National Geographic Television.
Manfull (right), meanwhile, joins Love Nature in the role of executive producer with responsibility for the production of the company’s commissioned series and documentaries. Reporting to Barrat when he joins the company this August, Manfull will work closely with production outfits and Barrat to identify and develop new projects.
Manfull’s career in science and natural history television production expands more than two decades. His more recent work includes Gorongosa: Rebirth of Paradise for PBS (2014); Living With Maneaters for Animal Planet (2016); and Jaguar vs. Croc for Nat Geo Wild (2017). Manfull has previously served in a variety of senior roles at Discovery Communications and National Geographic.