Washington DC-based National Geographic Studios (NGS) has recruited Jeffrey Hasler (pictured), Discovery’s senior VP of production and development, to be its exec VP of development and production, effective immediately.
Hasler, a former A&E director of programming, will oversee the development, pitching, and series and special production for NGS, which is responsible for all of National Geographic’s in-house television, film and video production.
Hasler began his career as an independent feature and documentary filmmaker, and has worked as a producer, director, writer and executive for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Bravo, TLC, History, VH1, PBS and the Food Network.
At Discovery, Hasler managed all programming, including Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Storm Chasers, Cash Cab, Into the Wild and the channel’s popular ‘Shark Week’ strand. He also commissioned films for Discovery Films, the company’s feature doc division.
Hasler reports to NGS president Brooke Runnette, who said in a statement: “Our diverse production slate is designed to bring the National Geographic mission to as many audiences and platforms as possible. I know that Jeff will be instrumental in creating fresh and engaging content that will allow us to continue to expand our reach.”