Production company The Visionaries has signed BAFTA and two-time Emmy Award-winning animal documentary filmmaker Mateo Willis.

Willis is renowned for his work in natural history for platforms such as Netflix and the BBC, as well as for his storytelling in commercials and brand campaigns, which often focus on human-animal relationships. This thematic focus is rooted in his upbringing in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. 

His notable contributions include landmark series such as Planet Earth 2, Blue Planet 2, Our Planet, Dynasties, Life Story, and Frozen Planet, along with acclaimed films for National Geographic and Netflix.

In addition to his documentary work, Willis has also made significant strides in commercial filmmaking, producing content for Battersea Dogs & Cats, Frontline Plus, Petzl, and musicians like James Blake. His recent projects include serving as executive producer and director for the docuseries "Omnivore," which examines human culture through food and is led by Cary Fukunaga and Rene Redzepi. 

Willis is currently writing a fictional feature for Brouhaha Entertainment and has recently directed a film for Apple TV about the complex relationship between humans and tuna.

Davide Cantelmo, lead Directors’ Agent at The Visionaries, has this to say about the signing: “Meeting the person behind your favourite piece of entertainment is rare. It's even rarer to find that they are not only skilled filmmakers but also exceptional individuals. This was my experience with Mateo Willis, a driven creative talent and seasoned storyteller who has transformed the way we narrate animals' lives. 

"From pioneering new technologies to capture elusive subjects, to his commitment to presenting the stark impact humans have on our planet, Mateo stands out in the world of nature documentaries. Representing him commercially is a great honour, and I see a bright future for him and The Visionaries.”