Meet the Executives: What’s New with Discovery?

In the framework of our Passport to Sunny Side of the Doc, you are invited to join an insightful discussion revealing Discovery’s strategic plan, what is working, what isn’t and how collaboration is the key.
> Featuring: Howard Swartz, Senior Vice President Docs and Specials, Factual Networks & Streaming, Discovery

> Where? Zoom (Available for Passport Holders and 2021 delegates)
> When? May 25th, 5.30 PM - 6.30 PM CEST
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About the session

Rooted in high end, awe-inspiring and stories you can’t get anywhere else, Discovery’s content continues to be a destination for viewers around the world.  The recently launched discovery+ has provided more opportunities for filmmakers and content creators to work with the media company.  In this session, hear from the US based SVP of Docs on what is working, what isn’t, and how collaboration is key.

The session is moderated by our Publishing Partner, Peter Hamilton at Documentary Business.

Howard Swartz

Howard Swartz, Senior Vice President Docs and Specials, Factual Networks & Streaming, Discovery
Howard Swartz is Senior Vice President Docs and Specials, Factual Networks & Streaming, Discovery.  During his current tenure at Discovery, Swartz has overseen 60+ hours of the network’s most iconic yearly pop-culture event Shark Week. Swartz is also responsible for overseeing the media company’s robust documentary slate, including the Emmy® nominated Serengeti series from Simon Fuller and John Downer, which debuted to record-ratings as the highest rated nature documentary in six years.

Recent projects include the five-part series A Perfect Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Mysterious Planet, narrated by David Schwimmer.  In addition, Swartz is also shepherding UNDISCOVERED, the recently launched strand of documentaries, which explore some of our greatest mysteries, potentially rewriting the history books along the way.  Recent titles in that strand include Murder Hornets, The Lost Lincoln, and Everest’s Greatest Mystery.    

About Discovery  


Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world.

Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; and digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media.

Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe.

In January 2021, Discovery launched its own streaming service: discovery+.
Internationally, Discovery leveraged its massive library of local-language content, as well as its broad portfolio of live sports, to drive its direct-to-consumer offering across more than 25 key markets, including the Nordics, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. discovery+ will also launch in Latin American markets, including a planned launch in Brazil, and in parts of Asia.  

Passport to Sunny Side of the Doc


The Passport is designed as a digital gateway to the international marketplace and offers both established and emerging industry professionals the opportunity to maintain and develop their network, enhance their projects and follow key trends all year-round.
Available at a price of €185 (excl. tax), passports can be converted into an accreditation pass (Online Pass) for the 2021 edition of Sunny Side of the Doc / PiXii Festival. All #SSD21 passes include the Passport content.   

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