Rob Hartel

Head of Animation & VFX

Rob is an award-winning Executive Producer and Director with extensive experience in factual programming.

He has produced and directed a string of Windfall classics like Lost Ships of RomeMummy: The Inside Story, and Men of Ironand won critical acclaim for his work, among them an RTS Award for Dambusters, and a Banff Rockie for My Brilliant Brain.

As a Series Producer he has been instrumental in developing our landmark technology series Big, Bigger, Biggest, and the literally ground-breaking Strip the City.

As an Executive Producer he’s overseen NOVA’s epic 3-part series Making North America, as well as UNEARTHEDRise of the Machines, and Strip the Cosmos for the Discovery Channel.

Rob has a special interest in computer graphics and VFX. He’s written and produced hundreds of CGI sequences and masterminded the signature style for the amazing animations that form the backbone of our long running multi-episode series.

To deal with the stupendous amount of CGI these complex projects require Rob set up a dedicated unit within the company. His teams can produce an entire feature film’s worth of blue-chip VFX and animation in just a matter of months.

Currently he’s wrestling a horde of CG monsters for the Discovery Channel’s 10-part epic Mythical Beasts and digging out more colossal ancient monuments for our hit archaeology series UNEARTHED.