Howard Swartz Returns To Discovery Channel As SVP Production & Development; Jon Bardin Upped To VP Role

Deadline | 7/10/2018 | Denise Petski
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Former Discovery Channel exec Howard Swartz is returning to the network as Senior Vice President of Production and Development. In addition, Jon Bardin has been promoted to Vice President of Documentaries and Specials at Discovery.

In his new role, Swartz will head production for upcoming event programming including the weeklong hit series Shark Week, which is about to begin its 30th anniversary run on July 22. In addition, he will have oversight over the network’s documentaries and specials and will expand, develop, and diversify Discovery’s series slate and acquisitions.

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Swartz moves back to Discovery Channel from Arrow Media where he most recently served as EVP of Development and Production, based out of the company’s London office. Swartz will re-locate to Discovery’s Los Angeles office and report to Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual.

“We are thrilled to have Howard back on the Discovery team,” says Daniels. “His impressive track record of launching some of television’s most iconic blue-chip programs rival anyone in the business. The team looks forward to his unique vision and exciting ideas as we continue to program for Discovery’s future.”

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During his previous stint at Discovery Channel, Swartz oversaw high-profile global specials, including Shark Week and Skywire...
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