Senior Vice President, Unscripted Programming, BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions
As SVP, Unscripted Programming for studios BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, Shakespeare oversees the creative development and execution of multiple unscripted shows currently in production under both labels including Top Gear (History) and Ladies of London (Bravo). He also serves as Executive Producer on Adjacent Productions’ highly acclaimed Emmy®-winning unstructured docu-reality, Life Below Zero, as well as Port Protection (both on National Geographic Channel).
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide Productions, Shakespeare worked across a variety of successful titles including co-Executive Producer, The Wild Within (Travel Channel), supervising producer, Ice Road Truckers (History) and Black Gold (truTV), producer, Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth and Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie (both on PBS), story producer, Deadliest Catch (Discovery), as well as co-producer on the documentary feature Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and producer on 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 BA in English and French from the University of Colorado, Boulder.