Press release from Travel Channel, March 30, 2015:
Travel Channel has announced the promotion of Brian Leonard to vice president of programming and development. Leonard will now oversee the team of directors of programming and development as well as manage several of his own projects. Since joining Travel Channel in 2011, Leonard has served as executive producer on many popular series for the network including “Breaking Borders,” “Hotel Impossible,” “Man Finds Food” and “Time Traveling with Brian Unger.” The appointment was announced by Ross Babbit, senior vice president, programming and development, Travel Channel.
“Brian is a great storyteller, producer and team leader. He oversees productions on a variety of original programming with dedication, reliability and a commitment to high quality,” says Babbit. “With his roll-up-your-sleeves style, he will be a great resource for the team and also help Travel Channel achieve our overall goal of owning the travel category, while attracting an upscale audience to our expanding slate of new original programming.”
Prior to Travel Channel, Leonard served as a showrunner for the History Channel’s long-running series “Modern Marvels,” in addition to creating and producing the Military Channel series “Battlefield Diaries” and TLC’s “Marriage Boot Camp.” Leonard worked for Fox Television’s “America’s Most Wanted” for six years, co-executive produced the daily syndicated series “America’s Most Wanted: Final Justice” for Twentieth Television, ESPN’s award-winning investigative/documentary series “Outside the Lines” and 20th Century Fox International Television’s series “Manhunter.” Leonard also wrote, produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning Discovery Channel documentary “Vietnam POWs: Stories of Survival.”
Earlier in his career, Leonard gained industry recognition as the manager of Creative Film Services at Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios, where his work on trailer productions for such films as “Three Men and a Baby” and “Good Morning Vietnam” earned him Key Art and Clio Awards. In 2000, Leonard formed Normandy Films, LLC – an independent production company. In 2002, he was appointed vice president and executive producer of Atlanta Creative, a Washington, DC-based provider of original programming.
Brian Leonard is a veteran (USMC 1976-79) and lives with his wife in Maryland.