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Howard Swartz

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Howard Swartz serves as Vice President, Development and Production at Discovery Channel and is based out of the Los Angeles office. Swartz’s primary responsibility is Discovery Channel’s Specials and Events. In this role, Swartz is responsible for developing the slate, supervising editorial content and managing all phases of production.

Most recently, Swartz oversaw Discovery’s landmark event Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda which was the highest-rated live event in Discovery’s history and the top-rated special in 13 years. Swartz also oversaw the blue-chip science series Curiosity which included the groundbreaking episode Plane Crash and the Emmy nominated Battlefield Cell.  Additionally, Swartz is responsible for many of Discovery’s topical specials including Super Storm Sandy, and Inside Raising the Concordia.

Swartz joined Discovery from PBS’ acclaimed science series Nova, where he acted as executive producer since 2010, overseeing numerous award-winning documentaries including Japan’s Killer Quake, Nova’s highest rated program in the past five years. While working on Nova, Swartz won the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award from Columbia University as well as an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award.

Prior to NOVA, Swartz was with the National Geographic Channel where he oversaw the signature series Explorer and executive produced more than 100 programs including Emmy® -winners Five Years on Mars (2009), Inside the Living Body (2008) and Incredible Human Machine (2008). Under his creative oversight, a number of specials achieved high-profile success, including On Board Air Force One, the channel’s highest-rated one-hour premiere in history.

From 2002-2006, Swartz was co-founder and executive producer of BellaSwartz Productions, where he developed, produced, directed and wrote award-winning non-fiction programs for networks including Discovery Channel, Science, History and National Geographic.

Swartz is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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