Vanessa is a wildlife and adventure filmmaker - for a living, and for fun! Conservation is her passion, and wanderlust her driving force. With an education in sustainable development and conservation, paired with a flare for creativity, she has established herself as an accomplished writer, producer and director, credited on documentary programming for the likes of National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC and other international broadcasters.
In 2011, she launched independent production company Natural History Media, allowing her to travel more extensively than ever in her search for new locations, people and wild animal stories. In between films, she produces environmental and cultural journal content for news broadcasters around the world, and freelances as a fixer, travel writer, and photographer. Vanessa lives in South Africa, working throughout the continent, and has a satellite base in the UK.
Recent Credits / Job
Producer/Director/Writer – Viper Files, 2015/16 – 50’ currently in production for Smithsonian Channel.
Location Producer/Director & Fixer – Animal Mums, 2015 – 3-part series currently in production for ITV UK & BBC Worldwide.
Producer/Director/Writer: Cobra Mafia, 44’ for National Geographic Wild Channel.
Fixer & Location Producer/Director – World’s Oddest Animal Couples, 2015 – 3-part series currently in production for Animal Planet, with
Dr. Carin Bondar presenting.
Location Producer/Director & Fixer (South Africa): Animals in Love, Oxford Scientific Films, Series in production for BBC1.
Location Producer/Director & Fixer (Africa): Operation Wild, Series for BBC1 & PBS.
Series Producer/Director: African Wild in 3D, Series for Discovery Channel & 3net.
Producer & Fixer: Lion Truths, for Korea Broadcasting System.
Field Producer: The Guide (Mozambique & Tanzania) - International feature, 23/7 Inc. & Story-Head with Jessica Yu & Elise Pearlstein.
Development/Researcher: Africa’s Deadliest, Series for NatGeo Wild.
Producer/Director: Caught in the Act Season 1/2/ 3, Series for National Geographic Channel, NatGeo Wild.
Development/Writer: The Last Lioness, 50’ for Animal Planet International, Telcast Media Group Germany & National Geographic Channel.