Former National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) commissioner Ed Sayer has joined Discovery Networks International (DNI) as VP of production and development for factual.
Based out of the company’s London production hub, Sayer is to begin the position in October, reporting to Phil Craig, executive VP and chief creative officer at DNI.
Sayer brings to DNI 20 years of experience as an executive producer and international channel commissioner across the BBC, ITV Studios and National Geographic. In his new role at the company, the exec is to oversee, commission and create factual content, including series in popular science, engineering, automotive and survival.
Most recently serving as VP of commissioning for NGCI, Sayer commissioned and exec produced such programs as Science of Stupid, Ultimate Airport Dubai, Air Crash Investigation and T.rex Autopsy. During his tenure at ITV Studios, the exec created and managed series including Cops With Cameras, Britain’s Best Dish and Best Dish: The Chefs.
Sayer previously served as a BBC development exec and also as head of entertainment development at BBC Scotland, where he developed Young Doctors as well as several game shows and one-off docs.
“We’re facing the future with great confidence, commissioning some compelling new content and developing a strategy across a wide range of factual genres that will both engage current audiences and reach out to new viewers,” said Phil Craig, who made the appointment, in a statement.
“Ed will bring a fresh voice, unique vision and unbridled energy to commissioning content that resonates around the globe,” he continued. “Between his deep relationships in the production community and his keen eye for spotting new and emerging talent, Ed is a storyteller like no other.”