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Hasler named Original president

FremantleMedia-owned US prodco Original Productions has hired a veteran executive from National Geographic Studios as its new president.

Jeff Hasler

Jeff Hasler will supervise and lead all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company.

He replaces Philip Segal who previously helmed the company as CEO until his departure towards the end of last year.

Hasler will be supported by the senior management team of chief operating officer and executive VP Ernie Avila and executive VP of development and programming Sarah Whalen, who will report to him. They had been leading the company on an interim basis since Segal’s departure.

Hasler has worked as a producer, director, writer and network executive during an extensive career that most recently included a stint as executive VP of production and development at Nat Geo Studios.

There he oversaw original non-scripted television, feature docs and other projects, including the acclaimed documentary Jane, directed by Brett Morgen.

Previously, Hasler spent nearly five years as senior VP of development and production for Discovery Channel. His slate there included Original Productions’ hit Deadliest Catch.

Prior to that he was director of programming at A&E, overseeing non-fiction and reality series including Biography and the initial development of Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

He spent his early years writing, directing and producing series for Bravo (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), TLC, The History Channel, VH1, PBS and Food Network, and served as coproducer of the Showtime original film Walter & Henry.

Hasler began his career in the industry as an independent feature and documentary filmmaker.

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