Facebook Unscripted Chief Toby Faulkner Moves to Discovery+ (Exclusive)

Toby Faulkner
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Discovery+ is adding to its executive team.

The 3-month-old streaming service has hired Facebook veteran Toby Faulkner as senior vp content. In the new post, he'll focus on partnering with the various network teams at Discovery Inc. on original series for the streamer. He reports to Lisa Holme, group senior vp content and commercial strategy at Discovery.

"We're thrilled to bring Toby to Discovery+, as his unique skillset will greatly help us scale Discovery+ into the worldwide streaming destination for unscripted content," said Holme. "His work as a producer, network executive and leader at a global streaming video platform provides the ideal mix of skills and expertise for this new role."

Faulkner was head of unscripted originals at Facebook Watch, which launched series including Red Table Talk, 9 Months With Courteney Cox and Peace of Mind With Taraji  during his tenure. Prior to that, he was vp development and programming at A+E Networks' FYI, where he co-developed the Tiny House Nation franchise.

He has also worked as a producer on series including Undercover Boss, Dancing With the Stars and What Not to Wear and as a producer and director at ITV in the U.K. He began his career as a reporter for BBC Radio.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the visionary Lisa Holme to lead the Discovery+ content team," said Faulkner, who begins his new job April 28. "I look forward to collaborating with the existing network teams on the impressive slate of original series for the Discovery+ subscriber base. Discovery and its associated brands are the gold standard for sticky content and with the subscription service already off to a stellar start, I can't wait to dig in."

Faulkner joins an executive team under Holme at Discovery+ that also includes Igal Svet (documentaries), Tom Lofthouse (multiplatform content) and Tatiana Olsak (acquisitions and international and co-productions).