Communications, computing
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Paul Appleby, Director, VID Communications

Paul is the director of VID, a media consultancy working with BBC, Bristol University, ARKive and Bristol Natural History Consortium developing collaborations in multiplatform media, innovation and sustainable production, including 2 R&D projects funded by Technology Strategy Board. He is a BAFTA-winning Series producer of TV and multiplatform projects, mainly focussing on the relationship between people and wildlife. A Bristol Zoology graduate, he worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 28 years, including 20 as a series producer and 10 years working on multiplatform projects with Blue Planet, Life of Mammals and Saving Planet Earth. Paul left the BBC to set up VID in order to explore a wider range of human communication enabled by digital technology, and drawing on our greater understanding of biology, society and ecology.

His recent projects include feasibility studies for an Innovation Testbed in Bristol, the development of the BBC Anchor agreement and Creative Technology Institute. His experience includes all forms of TV and multiplatform production, facilitation, virtual teamworking, mentoring, outreach and the devising of new working practices. He has worked extensively with scientists, enthusiastic amateurs, children and young people making their first films, and was a key contributor to the BBC Good Shooting Guide ( He is also Chair of Bristol Media CIC, on the Board of Watershed & the Encounters International Short Film Festival, and is a Volunteer Champion for Media Trust and project assessor for FirstLight.


Paul Appleby Photo

3C Research Ltd, 2009