Emmy-nominated producer Kurt Tondorf has been elevated to the role of senior VP of development for the Discovery Communications-owned nets Animal Planet and Science Channel.
In his new position, Tondorf will manage the development slate for the two networks while bringing new series and specials to the channels, and setting development strategies. Additionally, he will supervise the development of concepts to greenlight while identifying new talent to develop compelling characters and programming.
Most recently, Tondorf served as VP of development for Animal Planet, where he oversaw the development strategy and slate for the network. His development credits include Project Grizzly, The Guardians, Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, Ice Cold Gold and The Last Alaskans.
Prior to Animal Planet, Tondorf served as VP of development for the New York-based Optomen Productions where he developed myriad series for such networks as History, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel and Food Network.
Previously, Tondorf served as the sole U.S.-based development producer for London-based indie Windfall Films where he helped develop National Geographic Channel’s My Brilliant Brain. Tondorf also held the title of commissioning editor within WNET’s Science unit.
In 2008, Tondorf was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming category for History’s 13-part docuseries Evolve.
“Kurt brings an enormous breadth of experience to Science Channel. His instinct for developing creative content and strong relationships with talent coupled with a history of creating successful science programming makes him an important addition to our team,” said Science Channel GM Marc Etkind in a statement.