Former DNI exec Phil Craig joins Electric Pictures

The former Discovery Networks International and ABC TV Australia executive (pictured) will oversee the production and development slates for the Perth-based producer.
July 13, 2016

Former Discovery Networks International and ABC TV Australia exec Phil Craig has joined Aussie prodco Electric Pictures as head of factual.

In a post shared on the East Fremantle-based company’s Facebook page, Craig said he will help company founder and CEO Andrew Ogilvie grow the shop’s international presence.

“Almost 12 years ago I met Andrew Ogilvie at Science Congress. Since then we’ve become firm friends and made some great TV together, as co-producers and while I was working at the ABC,” he wrote.

Craig will oversee the company’s production slate and develop a range of factual programs for the local and international markets. He will remain based in London, with frequent trips to Australia.

Last October, Craig exited his position as executive VP and chief creative officer at DNI after nine months on the job. Prior to that he was head of factual at ABC TV in Australia and also worked for UK indie Nutopia.

As previously reported, Craig is serving as an EP for Nutopia on the CBC’s Canada: The Story of Us, but tells realscreen that his work with Electric is “now the focus for all new things.”

Electric Pictures, which also has an office in Toronto, produces history, science, arts, adventure and lifestyle programming for networks such as National Geographic Channel, ARTE, NHK, SBS, BBC, Discovery and ABC.

The producer’s credits include The War That Changed UsEnigma Man: A Stone Aged Mystery and The Great Escape: The Reckoning.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.