Head of Content, Production & Channels – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands
Darren Chau is the Head of Content, Production & Channels, for Discovery across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. He heads up Discovery’s content strategy across its portfolio of Factual, Entertainment and Lifestyle channels, including co-creating and launching the free to air channel 9Rush as part of a joint venture with the Nine Network. Darren develops and commissions Discovery’s local productions in the region and is Executive Producer of global hits including Aussie Gold Hunters and Outback Opal Hunters. Darren has a successful and award-winning background working extensively in production, programming, scheduling, marketing, promotion, media planning and digital across entertainment, scripted, comedy, factual and late night television for both free-to-air and subscription television, including five years serving as a Group Programming Director and Executive Producer for Foxtel’s entertainment channels. Darren has created a dozen television shows, co-created and launched channels, worked as a head writer and producer on hundreds of hours of television, served as an official judge of the International Emmys, was appointed expert moderator for the Comedy Nominee Panel Session at the Emmy’s World Television Festival in New York and is an elected Member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Creating Australian real world entertainment for both local and international audiences.
Ready, Steady, Pitch! topic
Returnable character driven factual series covering tough jobs, motoring, blue light and precincts; documentaries focusing on true crime, sport and international people & events; female skew reality series ranging from relationships and dating to medical makeover.