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Discovery hires former BBC natural history boss

Discovery has hired Andrew Jackson, the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, in a key international production role.

The international factual broadcaster has hired Jackson, one of the producers behind blue-chip titles including Planet Earth and Life, as executive vice president, production and development, landmark series and specials.

He will be part of Discovery’s creative team to develop and produce high-end documentaries and will be based in the UK, reporting to Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks.

Jackson, who was head of the British public broadcaster’s Natural History Unit, based in Bristol, has previously worked closely with Discovery on a number of international coproductions including Frozen Planet.

“Andrew is one of the best in the business. He shows true passion for his work and isn’t afraid to take risks. He will bring to Discovery his vast experience in natural history and science, two of our core genres,” said O’Neill.