About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.
     -Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

Founded in 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an extension of our longstanding commitment to science education, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is dedicated to sharing important and inspirational stories of scientific discovery with broad audiences. Our team is comprised of accomplished producers, scientists, journalists, writers and artists who work with some of the world’s best filmmakers to craft significant films about science for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution.

There has never been a more important time to bring science to broad audiences. As a mission-driven production studio, we strive to convey, through immersive and compelling stories, the importance and excitement of scientific exploration and research. As part of an organization led by scientists, we are in a unique position to shine a light on some of the most important science stories of our time, and to explain why they matter.

We select our projects based on scientific importance, originality, story and the project’s potential for impact. We focus primarily, but not exclusively, on life science, and organize our projects around four main themes:

Our films have received widespread critical acclaim and industry recognition, including Emmys, Webbys, Jackson Hole Science and Media Awards, the Wildscreen Special Jury Award, the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s top awards. To expand the reach and impact of our projects, we create outreach campaigns with leading media, science, education and mission-oriented organizations.

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, HHMI is the largest private nonprofit supporter of biomedical research and science education in the country.