ITN Productions has confirmed the appointment of long-time National Geographic programming executive Michael Welsh as VP of production and development for its North American operations.
Welsh made the move to the UK-based producer in August and operates out of Washington, DC.
His appointment comes as ITN looks to boost its presence in the U.S. market, building on recent commissions from American broadcasters including Investigation Discovery‘s Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, Children of Syria for PBS and Triumph Games for CBS Sports Network.
With more than 20 years industry experience before joining ITN Productions full-time, Welsh previously served as executive producer of production and development at Nat Geo Channel and Nat Geo Wild. He is credited as the creative force behind series such as Alaska State Troopers, Drugs Inc., Underworld Inc.., and Expedition Wild with Casey Anderson, as well as Peabody Award-winning documentaries Russia & The West, Iran & The West, the Emmy-winning Witness:Katrina and BAFTA-winning Inside Nature’s Giants.
Before joining Nat Geo, Welsh served as a writer, producer and showrunner on various programs including ABC News’ Hopkins 24/7; Discovery’s MythBusters; TLC, Court TV and truTV’s Forensic Files; and TLC’s Trauma: Life In The E.R.