Phil Craig (Executive Producer)

Phil-Craig-webPhil Craig is a highly respected Producer and Executive Producer in the factual world, most recently holding the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Creative Officer for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications, until October 2015, when he made the move back to his roots as an independent producer, representing a slate of factual series and one-off programming.

Prior to joining Discovery, Phil held the post of Head of Factual at ABC TV in Australia, where he led a team that was responsible for over 100 hours of original content per year. Phil drove a number of high-profile initiatives, including Redesign My Brain, which now airs on Science channel as Hack My Brain; and Stop At Nothing, the highly acclaimed Lance Armstrong documentary which aired as part of the BBC Storyville documentary strand and in numerous other territories, and was the broadcaster’s first digital-only documentary commission. Phil took charge of a major season of WW1 centenary documentaries and helped target new demographics across multiple platforms. His commission about mental illness, Changing Minds, was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘surely one of the most important programmes in Australian television history.’

Before joining ABC TV, Phil worked for UK independent producer Nutopia, where he took charge of the Discovery landmark series How We Invented the World and was originating producer on hit series The 80s, The Decade That Made Us and How We Got To Now With Stephen Johnson.

Earlier in his career Phil enjoyed tenures with the BBC, where he was senior producer on heavyweight current affairs series Panorama, and with Granada TV, where he worked on iconic series World In Action. He also made numerous hit programmes and series for leading UK production companies including Diverse and Brook Lapping.   Past credits include major series such as Hostage, Finest Hour, Live Aid Remembered, Geldof In Africa, episodes of the long running factual series, Secrets of the Dead, for which he received two Emmy nominations, science documentaries and hard-hitting reports on contemporary subjects such as Discovery’s The Flight That Fought Back which received a Primetime Emmy nomination and 2011’s Bin Laden: Shoot To Kill (called Targeting Bin Laden in the USA) which contained President Obama’s only documentary interview on the Bin Laden raid; high-rating shows for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, including the record-breaking Ocean Of Fear, thought-provoking films for the BBC’s Storyville strand and Sky Atlantic’s The British.

A Cambridge University graduate, Phil has also co-written five books, including the best-selling Finest Hour, The End of the Beginning, Diana: Story of a Princess, and Trafalgar: The Men, the Battle, the Storm, several of which were made into television series. Prior to his career in television, Phil was a pilot in the Royal Air Force.

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