Senior Vice President, Development and Programming
David McKillop was appointed Senior Vice President, Development and Programming, for HISTORY in April 2007. In this role, McKillop oversees the network's programming team, and is responsible for the development, creation and execution of all programming for HISTORY. He is also charged with imaginatively integrating new programming with on-line initiatives, and developing new ways to expand the brand across multiple platforms. He reports directly to Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of HISTORY. During his tenure, HISTORY has experienced its best ratings performance in the history of the network and has launched the network's top 10 series and top six specials of all time. To date, History is having its best year ever, and for the first time in its history the network ranks in the top 5 among all four key demos out of all cable networks. History is #5 in Adults 25-54, A18-49 and M18-49 and #3 in M25-54. It is the #1 non-fiction cable network among each of these demo graphics. History is the fastest-growing major cable network with huge double-digit increases versus the comparable 2009 period. McKillop also serves as the Executive Producer of HISTORY's top series including, Pawn Stars, Ice Road Truckers, American Pickers, Ax Men and Top Gear. He also is an Executive Producer of numerous acclaimed and top-rated HISTORY specials including the Emmy® award winning 102 Minutes that Changed America, World War II in HD, Life After People, JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America and the award-winning, critically-acclaimed, highly rated America the Story of Us. Since 2005, McKillop served as the Vice President, Factual Programming Discovery Networks U.S. Production. McKillop was responsible for strategic planning, management and execution of factual program production across Discovery Communications, Inc.'s U.S. networks. Under his leadership, Discovery's flagship network, Discovery Channel, earned critical and ratings success for the original series Futureweapons, Man vs. Wild and Stunt Junkies. Previously, McKillop was the vice president of production for Discovery Channel. In that role, he was responsible for the management of the production team, budgets and the creative process. In addition, he supervised many of the network's top specials and series including Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters. He also oversaw live events and current affairs documentaries. During his tenure at Discovery Channel, McKillop served as senior executive producer, working with the programming and development groups to create many of Discovery Channel's groundbreaking programming projects. He joined Discovery Channel as the executive producer responsible for the production of series that included Monster Garage and Deadliest Catch. Earlier in his career, McKillop ran his own production company, Big Rock Productions, based in Washington, D.C. During that time, he produced several projects for Discovery Networks, among them the Emmy® Award nominated Discover Magazine, and the ratings blockbuster special The Future is Wild. Prior to that, he served in various production positions at National Geographic Television and its Explorer Series and National Geographic Specials.