Howard Swartz, most recently executive producer of PBS’s NOVA series, has joined Discovery Channel as Vice President, Development and Production, effective immediately. Based out of the network’s Los Angeles, California office, his primary responsibility will be to supervise Curiosity, Discovery Channel’s landmark series created by its iconic founder John Hendricks. In this role, Swartz will be responsible for developing the slate, supervising editorial content and managing all phases of production. He will work closely with Simon Andreae, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, to whom he also reports.
Swartz joins Discovery from PBS’ acclaimed science series NOVA, where he has acted as executive producer since January 2010, overseeing numerous award-winning documentaries, including Japan’s Killer Quake, NOVA’s highest rated program in the past five years. Prior to NOVA, Swartz was with the National Geographic Channel, where he oversaw signature series Explorer and executive produced more than 100 programs, including Emmy®-winners Five Years on Mars (2009), Inside the Living Body (2008) and Incredible Human Machine (2008). From 2002-2006, Swartz was co-founder and executive producer of BellaSwartz Productions, where he developed, produced, directed and wrote award-winning nonfiction programs for networks including Discovery Channel, Science, History and National Geographic Channel.
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