Former 'Nova' man will focus on 'Curiosity' series

Howard Swartz has jumped from PBS’ “Nova” to Discovery Channel, where he will work as VP of development and production with a particular focus on Discovery founder John Hendricks’ “Curiosity” series.

That series, which premiered this fall, seeks to answer big, philosophical questions (the first episode was called “Did God Create the Universe?”). The show has much in common with “Nova,” which also tackled scientific issues with metaphysical aspects.

“Howard is one of the most skilled and highly respected executives in the nonfiction space: a great commissioner, a great storyteller and a great collaborator,” said the net’s senior veep of development and production, Simon Andrae, to whom Swartz will report.

Prior to his time at “Nova,” Swartz worked at the National Geographic Channel, where he oversaw “Explorer” and produced Emmy winners including “Five Years on Mars” and “Inside the Living Body.”

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