Former National Geographic senior director Igal Svet has boarded Discovery Channel as vice president of production and development for documentaries and specials.
In this role, Svet will be responsible for developing and executing production strategies for upcoming event programming, documentaries and specials. In addition, he will be tasked with creating of a range of projects while overseeing the acquisition of content from global filmmakers.
Svet will relocate to Discovery Channel’s Los Angeles office from his current base in New York. He reports into Howard Swartz, SVP of production and development, who oversees Discovery Channel’s documentaries, specials and Shark Week.
The veteran media executive joins the Discovery fold from National Geographic Channel, where he served as senior director of development. In this role, Svet was the main contact for the development of original content for the channel in New York and was part of the team that developed a slate of original programs including One Strange Rock, Mars and The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, as well as live specials Earth Live and Yellowstone Live.
Before joining Nat Geo, Svet served as head of development at Miami-based prodco 2C Media, the company behind Swamp Wars and Airport 24/7: MIA.
Additionally, Svet held key posts at BBC Worldwide and Reveille LLC.