Original Productions Taps Jeff Hasler As President

Original Productions has hired veteran executive Jeff Hasler as president of the prolific unscripted TV production company owned by FremantleMedia. Hasler will oversee all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company along with Ernie Avila, COO and Evp, Business Affairs and Sarah Whalen, Evp Development and Programming. Avila and Whalen, who have been running Original Prods. in the past couple of years, will now report into Hasler.

Hasler joins Original Productions from National Geographic Studios where he served as Evp of production and development, overseeing original non-scripted television, feature documentary and other projects including the acclaimed documentary Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, as well as the Emmy-nominated series StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Explorer, series Chain of Command, documentary Gender Revolution with Katie Couric, and the recently Sports Emmy-nominated Breaking 2.

Previously, Hasler also spent nearly five years as Svp of Development and Production for Discovery Channel, managing all programming for the broadcaster,

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