Hires illustrate growing focus on orignal programming

Travel Channel has imported two execs from Discovery as part of a trio of hires to augment production and development.

The cabler has named a new production and development veep: David W. Padrusch, who comes from Towers Prods., where he developed projects for History, among others.

Migrating from Discovery to Travel are new director of programming and partnerships Bill Howard and director of production and development Doug Bailey.

Howard had been at Discovery since 2003 and was an exec producer of such projects as “Storm Chasers” and numerous Shark Week specials. Bailey was director of program development at Discovery, overseeing development of series, including “Desert Car Kings.”

Travel senior veep of programming and production Andy Singer said the moves will further the channel’s expansion of original programming.

“With the recognition we’ve received for our critically acclaimed shows, including the recently Emmy-winning ‘Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations’ and fan favorites including ‘Bizarre Foods’ and ‘Ghost Adventures,’ we are responding to the growing demand for even more programming that appeals to our audience,” Singer said. “We plan to deliver more series that make the unfamiliar familiar and provide shows that capture the POV of authentic characters and experts that our viewers can relate to.”

Padrusch (partnering with fellow production and development veep Amy Emmerich) and Howard will report to Singer; Bailey will report to Padrusch.

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