Thierry Bled.

Electric Pictures has hired former Discovery Networks executive Thierry Bled as head of development as the company looks to build on the success of 100 Days to Victory, Aussie Gold Hunters and Drain The Oceans.

The US-born Bled has spent more than 20 years developing, directing and producing factual content for Discovery, National Geographic, the ABC, SBS, Viacom and NBCUniversal.

Most recently he served as executive producer for Discovery Networks in Australia/New Zealand, overseeing the the development of productions across a portfolio of 12 channels. Previously he was commissioning editor for ABC children’s TV and head of development at Joined Up Films.

Among his credits are Aussie Gold Hunters, Outback Opal Hunters, Railroad Australia, Bushwhacked!, the Emmy® Award-winning Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Top Chef and Project Runway.

A co-production with Bristol Global Media, 100 Days to Victory, a 2-part docudrama which documents the last 100 days of the First World War, will premiere on Foxtel’s History channel on November 1.

Co-commissioned by Foxtel, the BBC and Corus Entertainment with the support of Screen Australia, Screenwest, Lotterywest and the Canada Media Fund, it uses cinematic recreations, interviews with historians and CGI to reveal how visionary Allied leadership, revolutionary tactics and the bravery of Australian diggers and their allies turned the tide to win the Great War.

Electric Pictures CEO Andrew Ogilvie said: “Thierry is joining the company at a very important time in its history. In recent years we have embraced new genres of programming and have considerably increased our production capacity. We are now poised for further growth and I am sure Thierry will make a major contribution towards this aim.”

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