Travis Shakespeare

Hey there, I’m Travis Shakespeare and I love bringing stories to life. I’m a producer, director and writer.

And yes, it’s my real name.


“The world runs on story…”

The stories we tell ourselves become our reality. Here are two that have been attempted: “global domination” and “putting a human on the moon.” One has mercifully failed. The other changed man’s trajectory forever.

I’ve spent decades bringing incredible, entertaining characters & worlds to audiences in hope they’ll inspire, educate, and transform our understanding of the great mystery in which we find ourselves.

I invite you to join me and explore the the possibilities.

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What I’m Working On


Playing with FIRE—Director, Executive Producer

Playing with FIRE showcases a radical subculture known as FIRE, that embraces frugality and financial optimization to achieve financial independence. Follow one family’s journey to acquire the one thing that money can’t buy: a simpler — and happier — life. How far would you go for financial freedom?

Life Below Zero—Executive Producer

Life Below Zero is a multiple Emmy award winning documentary series that illustrates the daily and seasonal activities of men & women make their living in remote areas of Alaska. Since I launched it in 2013, over 100 episodes have been produced. Season 7 will air fall 2019 on National Geographic Channel.

Top Gear America—Executive Producer

Top Gear is the world’s #1 factual format, now coming to MotorTrend! The American show ran for 5 seasons on History before moving to BBC America last year.