Oak Island Films Ltd is a television production company based in Bristol and Ottawa making popular films which entertain and show people that the world could be better than it is. Ted Oakes, is the owner and Managing Director, an award-winning Executive Producer with over 20 years experience making ground-breaking TV, mostly for BBC. Ted developed and sold about £20 million of business in his tenure at the BBC.
Ted was a staff Series Producer at the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol for 20 years. He has a PhD is Zoology from Oxford University and previously worked as a wildlife biologist, raft guide, lecturer and public speaker.
“As a Canadian, I am passionate about nature and the people who love it as much as I do. Hard to find those! Nature has never been under greater threat so that's what wakes me up in the morning. I'm driven to make beautiful, incredibly ambitious films with a great story. I only hire people who are 'good human beings' who are passionate about making the world better. The kind of people you'd want to be sitting beside when a helicopter is about to crash (it happened once).”
“If I had to sum up what 'we' do it's — find awesome, unbelievably ambitious ideas, get the money to make them, hire the best people and, let them get on with the job.”