Contact: Fred KaufmanRegion: United States

Title: Executive Producer
Genre: Factual
Region: United States

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For two decades, Fred Kaufman has been a leading executive in the natural history genre.  As executive producer of the acclaimed Nature series, Kaufman has won multiple Emmys and Peabody Awards and has overseen the series from 1991 to the present.  During his tenure, Nature has been honored with over 600 industry awards and in 2010 he accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award from the prestigious Wildscreen Film Festival in Bristol, England.  It was the first time in the twenty-year history of the Festival that the award was presented to an American series.  In 2012, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Media from the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.

Many of Nature’s most memorable presentations have been produced under Kaufman’s stewardship, including Bears of the Last Frontier; Christmas In Yellowstone; Deep Jungle; Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air; Dogs That Changed the World; An Original DUCKumentary; Echo: An Elephant to Remember; Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and My Life As A Turkey.


In 2006, Kaufman won a George Foster Peabody Award for The Queen of Trees, a stunning high-definition portrait of the relationship between the tiny fig wasp and the giant fig tree.  In 2008, Kaufman won a second Peabody Award for Silence of the Bees which looked at the global crises of disappearing honeybees.  In 2007, he wrote and co-produced The Best of Nature: 25 Years, a successful fundraising show for PBS that looked back at highlights of the series’ first 25 years.  In 2002, he created and executive produced an urban wildlife series for kids, called Wild TV.  And in 1994, he executive produced In the Wild, a series of wildlife specials featuring celebrities.  Memorable shows from that series included Dolphins with Robin Williams, In the Lion’s Den with Anthony Hopkins, Elephants with Goldie Hawn and Orangutans with Julia Roberts, which won a Genesis Award for best PBS documentary in 1999.


In 2009, Kaufman was executive producer of “The Legend of Pale Male,” an award-winning feature documentary that chronicled the story of the famous red-tailed hawk that nested on a New York Fifth Avenue building and the life-changing events that followed.


To develop and fund programming, Kaufman has forged major international co-production partnerships with the BBC and National Geographic Television and has collaborated with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.  He continues to work with filmmakers from around the world and is often approached by leading scientists seeking national exposure for their research.


Fred Kaufman is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Writer’s Guild of America and is the Vice-Chairman of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.