Issue date: 19 July 2012
UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts to Andrew Jackson in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international achievements in Natural History programme making.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education on Thursday 19 July at Bristol Cathedral.
Andrew grew up in the Middle and Far East, living for seven years on the Malaysia Peninsula.
In 1978 Andrew graduated from Aberdeen University with a BSc in Zoology, joining the BBC in London as a trainee studio manager. Within four years he had progressed to news and feature writing journalist, initially with the BBC World Service working in the Indonesian and Malay service.
Andrew made his move into TV with the advent of Breakfast Time, presented by Frank Bough and Selina Scott. Here he did a variety of jobs from looking after horoscope guru Russell Grant and voicing the top ten charts, to assignments in Northern Ireland and Beirut.
Andrew's first major foray into wildlife programming came when he moved to Plymouth to make a local environmental series for the BBC. This led to him joining the Natural History Unit in the mid-1980s as part of a young team producing a weekly show – 'Nature' – fronted by Michael Burke. He then worked on a number of wildlife and animal related series, and was later asked to join a team looking at the environmental aftermath of the Kuwait war.
Shortly after, Andrew left the BBC to begin the next phase of his career in the independent production community, and joined Tigress Productions to direct and produce 'In the Wild' which took Hollywood celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Goldie Horne, Bob Hoskins and Christopher Reeve, to see and discover the truth about some of the world's endangered species.
In 1995, Andrew set up a Tigress office in Bristol and became the first UK independent to make a major, nine part TV natural history series, 'Africa'. The series launched Tigress as a major international player. Within a few years, he became Managing Director of Tigress and with his team, built it into one of the world's largest makers of natural history, science and adventure programming outside the BBC.
In 2009, after selling Tigress, Andrew joined the BBC as Head of the Natural History Unit. Most recently, in 2012, he joined the Discovery Channel to become Executive Vice-President of production and development for landmark series and specials.
· The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education on Thursday 19 July at Bristol Cathedral.
Photographs will be available to the media following the ceremony upon request to the Press Office.