UK indie Arrow Media has hired former Discovery Communications exec Howard Swartz (pictured) as executive VP of development and production.
Based out of the company’s London offices, Swartz will work alongside Arrow co-founders and joint creative directors Tom Brisley and John Smithson to propel the firm’s U.S. development and production slate forward.
Swartz most recently spent four years at Discovery Channel where he served as VP of documentaries and specials, and oversaw such series as Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, the channel’s most-watched live event ever, and the 2015 edition of ‘Shark Week.’
Previously, Swartz held the title of executive producer on PBS science strand ‘NOVA,’ where his credits include Japan’s Killer Quake. Prior to this, he served as executive producer on National Geographic Channel’s signature series ‘Explorer’ and also oversaw Emmy winners Five Years on Mars and Inside the Human Body.
“As we look to expand our U.S. footprint, Howard’s unrivalled experience and stellar U.S.track record make him the perfect candidate to help Iain, John and I take Arrow to the next level,” Brisley said in a statement. “Together we will build on Arrow’s U.S. strategy and continue to push the boundaries in creating compelling and audacious content.”