Chris Haws is leaving the Discovery family. The senior VP and executive producer at Discovery Networks International has resigned, effective October 31, to take a position with the World Bank. The move was prompted by Haws’ work on a World Bank study – The Creative Industries’ Initiative – which considers the needs of the creative and audio-visual industries in developing countries. He has been asked to spearhead the implementation of the initiative.
Haws’ sudden decision to depart leaves several programs-in-progress without an exec producer, though DNI VP Maurice Paleau and his staff will likely fill the void. Haws assumes his new post at the World Bank on November 12, after a week at the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program.