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Phil Craig announces first commissions at DNI

Phil Craig announces first commissions at DNI
Staff Reporter
19 March 2015

Discovery Networks International new chief creative officer Phil Craig has announced five new series and specials, a month after starting the job.

The shows are in the genres of natural history, engineering, survival, science and aviation and will be broadcast across Discovery’s networks in 2015 and 2016.
Craig runs Discovery’s London based production hub. He joined from ABC TV in Australia where was head of factual and previously worked for UK indie Nutopia.

Craig said the new content “expands the range and loosens the filters on some of our classical factual genres.”
Terror In The Skies: Airasia And Beyond (April 2015)

This 1x60’ doc examines the events of 28th December 2014, when AirAsia flight 8501 and its 155 passengers and seven crew members were lost in a storm. The documentary special reveals connections between this accident and the Air France disaster of 2009, and explores the cutting-edge technology designed to prevent such tragedies taking place again.
Terror In The Skies is produced by ITN Productions and is commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre and executive produced by Tom Gorham.  Ian Russell is the executive producer for ITN.
Engine Addict With Jimmy De Ville (Autumn 2015)
This 6x60’ series follows extreme engineer Jimmy de Ville hunting down rare and iconic engines and repurposing them in uncanny ways. He will explore abandoned factories, junkyards and deserted airfields to unearth combustion engines across the globe – traveling to Poland, India, Brazil, Sweden, Austria and the UK.
Engine Addict With Jimmy De Ville is produced by Maverick TV. The series is commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre and executive produced by Victoria Noble for Discovery Networks International, and is executive produced by Dan Goldsack and Jim Sayer for Maverick TV.
Lost And Starving (Wt) (Winter 2016)

This series mixes adventure, survival and food, investigating the bizarre foods that just might save your life. The 6x60’ series teams up British chef Matt Tebbutt with Kiwi survivalist Josh James to challenge not only their survival and culinary skills, but also one another. In each episode, the duo travel to a new environment with the goal to prove you can live like kings if you know where to look and how to cook
Lost And Starving is produced by betty. The series is commissioned by Sarah Davies, executive produced by Liz Brach, with producer Rob Holloway for Discovery Networks International. For betty, Tom Sheahan is executive producer and Neil Smith is creative director.
The Brainy Bunch (Wt) (2016)
This character-led series, inspired by “The Big Bang Theory,” introduces viewers to the personalities and minds behind some remarkable breakthroughs in science, technology and medicine. The series will feature more than a dozen pioneers in the fields of space, technology, aviation, robotics and design. Each episode provides a peek behind closed doors of the world’s most innovative labs, workshops and test centres. The Brainy Bunch (Wt) is produced by Lime Pictures and is commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre and executive produced by Tom Gorham. Jack Kennedy is the executive producer for Lime Pictures.
Life Of Dogs (Wt) (2016)
This is Discovery Networks International’s first major natural history commission, made in an energized, popular style that Craig has termed “New-Chip,” a blending of traditional blue chip natural history with a new style of immersive, revelatory, storytelling.  This 5x60’ series provides insight into the natural history of dogs, and observes how each breed has developed unique characteristics to better live and work alongside human beings.  The series focuses on dogs at all four stages of domestication – wild dogs, worker dogs, domesticated pet dogs and the dogs released back into the wild – to reveal how dogs became our best friend.
Life Of Dogs (Wt) is produced by Plimsoll Productions, with natural history filmmaker Dr. Martha Holmes at the helm, and is commissioned and executive produced by Helen Hawken for Discovery.

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