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Original Productions appoints Jeff Hasler as president

FremantleMedia-owned Original Productions has named National Geographic Studio’s Jeff Hasler as its president. Hasler will supervise and lead all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company behind such series as Discovery’s ...
May 22, 2018

FremantleMedia-owned Original Productions has named National Geographic Studio’s Jeff Hasler as its president.

Hasler will supervise and lead all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company behind such series as Discovery’s Deadliest Catch and History’s Ice Road Truckers along with the support of Original’s senior team: Ernie Avila, COO and EVP, business affairs and Sarah Whalen, EVP development and programming. Both will report to Hasler.

Hasler joins Original Productions from National Geographic Studios where he served as executive vice president of production and development, shepherding all original non-scripted television, feature documentary and other projects including director Brett Morgan’s documentary, Jane; the Emmy-nominated series StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson; Explorer; Gender Revolution with Katie Couric; and the Sports Emmy-nominated Breaking 2.

Previously, the veteran executive spent nearly five years as SVP of development and production for Discovery Channel, overseeing all programming for the cable net, and providing content for its international outlets, including such shows as Man v. Wild, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Into the Wild, Storm Chasers, and its annual ‘Shark Week’ event.

As part of Discovery’s feature doc division at the time, Hasler also was involved in the commissioning and production of In the Shadow of the Moon, the Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World and the Oscar-winning Man on Wire.

Before joining Discovery, Hasler served as director of programming at A&E, overseeing non-fiction and reality series including the docustrand ‘Biography.’

Hasler started his career in the industry as an independent feature and documentary filmmaker.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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