NEW YORK — Billy Campbell, a month on the job as president of Discovery Channel’s U.S. Networks, has engineered his first big program stunt, a 14-hour “Faces of 9/11” series of original TV documentaries that will play off across five cable networks owned by Discovery Communications.
Event kicks off Aug. 29 with the one-hour “Aftermath: The Road to Resilience” on the Discovery Health Channel. Docu deals with the way people on one Brooklyn street coped with the psychological effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center by terrorist attacks.
TLC will be the main Discovery outlet for the stunt, scheduling a total of six hours of programming over two nights. On Friday, Sept. 6, TLC will program three documentary hours back to back: “Here Is New York,” “110 Stories” and “Still Riding: Rescue Company NYC.”
Two nights later, three more hours will fill TLC’s primetime lineup: “World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse,” “Pentagon: 9/11” and “Inside Flight 93.”
Discovery Channel will program Monday, Sept. 9, with three docu hours: “Portraits of Grief,” “Life Goes On” and “Rebuilding.”
A marathon rerun of all 14 hours will play on Discovery Civilization Sept. 11 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Discovery hired Campbell two months ago after he served almost four years as prexy of Miramax TV, where he generated such series as HBO’s “Project Greenlight” docu about the making of an independent movie, an animated series based on the movie “Clerks” (which flopped on ABC but scored on video and DVD) and the forthcoming “A Wrinkle in Time” movie for ABC based on the Madeleine L’Engle cult novel.