March 25, 2014

Travis Shakespeare Joins BBC Worldwide Productions as Senior Vice President, Current Unscripted Programming

Los Angeles, CA – BBC Worldwide Productions announced today the appointment of Travis Shakespeare as Senior Vice President, Current Unscripted Programming. His role is effective immediately. Shakespeare will be working alongside Michael Brooks, Senior Vice President, Unscripted Entertainment Programming and both will be reporting to Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions.

As SVP, Current Unscripted Programming at BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, Shakespeare will oversee the creative development and execution of multiple unscripted shows currently in production under both labels.

“We are incredibly proud to have Travis joining our executive team. His work on Life Below Zero is an excellent example of his dedication to informative and groundbreaking reality television that we value as a company.  His experience producing a diverse range of unscripted programming makes him the perfect person to help direct our unscripted team,” commented Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions.

Shakespeare has served as the executive producer on Adjacent Productions’ Life Below Zero (National Geographic Channel) which recently premiered as the network’s number one fall series. He is currently overseeing the production of the show’s second season.

 Prior to joining BBC Worldwide Productions, Shakespeare worked across a variety of successful titles including Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch, Black Gold,  The Wild Within, Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, and the feature film,  All That Remains.

Shakespeare has been honored with three Daytime Emmy® nominations for his work on Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie and Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth and the 2011 James Beard Award for his work on The Wild Within. Additionally he has received two Silver Medals at the New York Festivals TV Broadcast Awards, the 2007 Banff Award and two James Beard nominations for Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. He holds a B.A. from University of Colorado, Boulder, in English, French, and Chinese.