Phil Craig

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

Discovery moving into international drama

Discovery has ordered its first original scripted series for outside of the US and has more international drama in development. Discovery Canada’s first original will be Frontier, a period drama about the fur trade in 18th century North America. Canadian indie Take the Shot will produce six-part, one-hour series, which will go into production this […]

Discovery’s Phil Craig unveils first slate

Discovery Networks International’s new executive vice president and chief creative officer Phil Craig has announced a five-strong slate of shows for its international nets. Two of the new shows hail from prodcos in the Discovery co-owned All3Media stable. The slate is also notable for including DNI’s first big natural history commission, Life of Dogs. The […]

Phil Craig and Tim Pastore to keynote at MIPDoc

Discovery’s incoming content chief, Phil Craig, will give a keynote address at MIPDoc in Cannes in April. His equivalent at National Geographic Channel, Tim Pastore, will also give a keynote address at the factual market, which precedes MIPTV. Former Nutopia and ABC Australia exec Craig (pictured, top left) starts at Discovery next week as executive […]

Discovery poaches ABC exec as CCO

Discovery Communications has recruited Phil Craig as chief creative officer. Craig’s appointment comes after chief content officer, Luis Silberwasser left Discovery – later joining Telemundo as president – and creative director and head of commissioning Julian Bellamy exited the factual channel operator for ITV. However, the chief creative officer title is a new one at […]

BBC spotlights Lance Armstrong pre-Tour de France

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story ahead of cycling showcase event the Tour de France later this year. The investigative journalism doc is billed as an “intimate but explosive portrait” of disgraced cyclist Armstrong, who last year admitted to conducting one of the biggest doping programmes in the […]

ABC Oz ‘will turbo charge natural history and can rival the BBC’

Phil Craig, the head of documentaries at Australian public broadcaster the ABC, says that a new international outlook and partnership with its US counterpart PBS means it will be able to rival the BBC in terms of international influence in the natural history sphere. Craig was speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc event […]

Australia’s ABC hires Nutopia’s Phil Craig as head of factual

Australian public broadcaster ABC has poached former Nutopia exec Phil Craig to become head of factual. Craig, who was executive producer at the British production company, run by former Discovery and BBC exec Jane Root, will join the broadcaster at the end of October. He previously worked on documentaries including Nazi Gospels and Rogue Sharks. […]