Howard Swartz is leaving his role as executive producer of PBS’s ‘Nova’ series to join U.S. net Discovery Channel as VP of development and production, effective immediately.
Based in Discovery’s LA office, Swartz’s primary responsibility will be to supervise Curiosity, Discovery Channel’s landmark series created by its founder John Hendricks. In this role, he will be responsible for developing the slate, supervising editorial content and managing all phases of production.
He will work closely with and report to Simon Andreae, senior VP of development and production.
Swartz has served as exec producer of science strand ‘Nova’ since January 2010, overseeing numerous documentaries including Japan’s Killer Quake, NOVA’s highest-rated program in the past five years.
Prior to PBS, Swartz was with National Geographic Channel, where he oversaw signature series ‘Explorer’ and exec produced more than 100 programs, including Five Years on Mars, Inside the Living Body and Incredible Human Machine.
Andreae said: “Howard is one of the most skilled and highly respected executives in the non-fiction space – a great commissioner, a great storyteller and a great collaborator. I’m sure he’ll be instrumental in continuing to build Curiosity into the gold standard for smart, inquisitive, non-fiction programming.”