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Travel Channel hires production, development execs

U.S. cable net Travel Channel has made three exec appointments, with Bill Howard and Doug Bailey joining from Discovery Channel, and David W. Padrusch (pictured) joining from Towers Productions.
October 26, 2011

U.S. cable net Travel Channel has made three exec appointments, with Bill Howard and Doug Bailey joining from Discovery Channel, and David W. Padrusch (pictured) joining from Towers Productions.

Padrusch has been named VP of production and development, while Bill Howard takes on the newly created position of director of programming and partnerships. Meanwhile, Doug Bailey joins as director of production and development.

All three executives will be based at Travel Channel’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland. “This past year, Travel Channel has been intently focused on expanding upon its original programming slate,” said Andy Singer, Travel Channel’s senior VP of programming and production.

“With the appointments of David, Bill and Doug to our team, each who brings to the network his own unique blend of production and development experience, as well as a deep understanding of our audience’s palate, we expect to deliver an exciting slate of unexpected and entertaining programs in 2012 and beyond.”

Padrusch, who served as VP of development and executive producer at Towers Productions, will be responsible for augmenting Travel Channel’s development slate and overseeing production of those series under his purview. He will partner with Amy Emmerich, Travel Channel’s VP of production and development, and report to Singer.

Howard, meanwhile, will be responsible for creating multi-platform relationships across series, talent and partners for Travel Channel, and also reports to Singer. Previously, Howard served as executive producer at Discovery Channel, where his credits include Storm Chasers; When We Left Earth; Man, Woman, Wild; Survivorman and numerous Shark Week specials.

Finally, Bailey will be primarily responsible for helping the network broaden and contemporize programming content, as well as identifying key new shows to bring to series, reporting to Padrusch. At Discovery Channel, Bailey was most recently director of program development, with credits including Desert Car Kings and Surviving the Cut.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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