Mark Challender TV





mark challendeR
Television DOCUMENTARY Producer and Director


Having lived and worked in New York, USA for a number of years, I’m now based back in the UK working out of London and Yorkshire primarily.

I produce, direct and edit produce factual, specialist factual, documentary, natural history and adventure programmes. Credits include: Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC), When Sharks Attack (National Geographic), The Claim (BBC2 & Netflix) and Sink or Swim (Channel 4).

Over the 15 years I’ve worked in broadcast television (nine of which have been at Producer or Producer/Director level), I’ve made programmes for the majority of the major broadcasters in the UK and USA including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, NBC, Discovery, National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, Animal Planet and Netflix.

I'm accustomed to leading and directing documentary crews, often in international and remote locations and I've garnered a reputation as a pro-active, editorially solid, problem solver who always comes home with the goods.

I've filmed in almost every environment including shoots in jungles, mountains, deserts, the arctic, at altitude, at sea and underwater.

My work has taken me on many adventures... from getting lost and stranded in the Amazon Jungle, to filming with tribes in the remote highlands of West Papua and to filming on the 'World's Deadliest Beach', in South Africa.

I have filmed/produced/directed a plethora of TV talent, from Oscar winning 'A' list Hollywood stars to members of the general public. As happy in the edit as I am in the field, I’m a storyteller with solid judgement, professionalism and drive.



I shoot on a variety of cameras for broadcast including the popular Sony FS7, Canon C300 and many more. I own multiple Canon DSLR bodies with lenses ranging from 24mm up to 500mm.

I'm a keen long distance runner (marathons and ultra-marathons), cyclist and Ironman and I'm a PADI Scuba Diver. I’m HEFAT trained and I’ve completed BOSIET training too (UK & International).

I often work as a photographer, as well. To see my photography work, please visit:

Filming in the Dolomites in Italy for NBC's Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Riding in a Huey Helicopter over the Nevada Desert in the USA
Filming in the Amazon Jungle for X-treme Endurance: Race to the Pole