Andrew Jackson joins Discovery Channel team

The former head of the BBC's Natural History Unit has been appointed as executive vice president, production and development for landmark series and specials and will report to Discovery and TLC Networks group president Eileen O'Neill.
March 26, 2012

Andrew Jackson is making the move from the BBC Natural History Unit over to one of its frequent collaborators, Discovery Communications.

The former head of the NHU has been appointed as Discovery Channel’s executive vice president of production and development for landmark series and specials. He will remain in the UK, and will report to Discovery and TLC Networks group president Eileen O’Neill.

The new role places Jackson as a key member of Discovery’s creative team, where he will also partner with Discovery Networks International on landmark projects in the genres of natural history, history and science.

While at the Bristol-headquartered NHU, Jackson oversaw the production of more than 40 series and a number of specials, including the UK launch of Frozen Planet. He first came to the production unit in 1986 as a producer/director and then headed to Tigress Productions in 1991, becoming the company’s managing director in 2002. He then rejoined the NHU to head it upĀ in 2010.

“Andrew Jackson is one of the best in the business,” said O’Neill of the new hire. “He shows true passion for his work and isn’t afraid to take risk. He will bring to Discovery his vast experience in natural history and scienceĀ – two of our core genres. I look forward to working with Andrew as we continue to develop and launch some very ambitious projects both domestically and globally.”

“I’m delighted to be joining Discovery after working so closely with them for so many years,” added Jackson. “I’ve had many exciting challenges in my career and this has to be one of the best. I can’t wait to get started.”

Jackson begins the new role on June 1.

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