Phil Craig is exiting Discovery Networks International just eight months after boarding the company as executive VP and chief creative officer, realscreen has confirmed.
According to a statement from Discovery, the exec is stepping down from the position to return to his roots as an independent producer. Craig – who appeared at last week’s Realscreen London event – is expected to exit the role in two to three weeks.
He is currently attending MIPCOM though a Discovery spokesperson says he is not presenting at any session.
“He enjoyed creative success at DNI and shepherded several series and specials that will hit the air in 2016, including a ground-breaking natural history series Life of Dogs, and played a key role in bringing the critically acclaimed film Sherpa to Discovery,” reads the statement from Discovery. “DNI’s production and development team thanks Phil for his service and dedication and look forward to working with him in the future.”
The Discovery spokesperson said Craig is currently finishing up a couple of projects for the company, but will be speaking with Marjorie Kaplan - who started her position as president of content at DNI this month – about working on future projects with Discovery in a producing capacity.
In his position with Discovery, Craig has been based in London, overseeing factual and lifestyle content for flagship global networks Discovery Channel and TLC, while working with U.S. counterparts on content sharing and development. He has also guided the development, production and sharing of regionally and locally produced content and formats across Discovery’s five international operating regions.
Prior to joining Discovery in February, Craig served as head of factual at ABC TV in Australia. Before that, the exec worked for UK indie Nutopia, where he oversaw How We Invented the World for Discovery, and also served as a producer on The 80s: The Decade That Made Us, and How We Got To Now With Stephen Johnson.