Michael Welsh boosts ITN Productions US team

Veteran National Geographic producer and programming expert Michael Welsh has joined ITN Productions as Vice President of Production and Development for North American operations based in Washington DC.

His appointment further boosts ITN’s presence in the US and builds upon recent commissions from US broadcasters including Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, multi award-winning Children of Syria for PBS and Triumph Games for CBS Sports Network.

With more than 20 years industry experience before joining ITNP full-time, Welsh was an Executive Producer of Production and Development at the National Geographic family of global networks (The National Geographic Channel and NatGeo Wild). There he was the creative force behind such hit series as Alaska State Troopers, Drugs Inc., Underworld Inc., and Expedition Wild w/ Casey Anderson, as well as such award-winning documentaries as Russia & The West (Peabody), Iran & The West (Peabody), Witness: Katrina (Emmy), and Inside Nature’s Giants: The Whale (BAFTA). Before joining National Geographic, Welsh was an accomplished writer, producer, and showrunner who worked on such landmark series as ABC News’ Hopkins 24/7, Mythbusters, Forensic Files, and Trauma: Life In The E.R.

Ian Russell, Head of International Programming, ITN Productions said: “We are delighted to have Mike on board at ITN Productions. He has a rare combination of fantastic programme-making skills and a natural instinct for Development.  In the short time we have worked together he has already had a big impact on our US and global output.”

Mike Welsh said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the ITN Productions team and look forward to continuing to build on their portfolio of high-rated and award-winning programming here in the US market.”


About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s in-house production business. We produce bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels including:

  • TV programmes across factual, entertainment and current affairs for UK and international channels
  • TV commercials and branded content
  • Corporate video and industry news programming
  • Sport live coverage, clips and programmes
  • Shortform video online and on mobile
  • Full in-house post production facility


Awards include an International Emmys, a Peabody and two BAFTAS for Children on the Frontline, a Cannes Lion for our Lego ad-break take-over and numerous other accolades. TV output includes observational documentaries such as Harrow: A Very British School and Gordonstoun: A Different Class (Sky) and Young Vets (BBC2), to popular factual series such as the Secret Life of Pets (Channel 5), Black Market Britain (Channel 5) and the Caught on Camera series (ITV). ITN Productions also produces major series and specials for international broadcasters such as Chris Hansen’s Killer Instinct (Discovery ID), Encounters with Evil (CBS Reality) and Triumph Games (CBS Sports Network). In addition to our factual programming, ITNP is Britain’s leading independent producer of current affairs, including ITV’s the Agenda, Dispatches for Channel 4; and fast-turnaround documentaries such as Campus Killer Santa Barbara (A&E US), The World According to Donald Trump (Channel 4) and live debates such as the Great British Break-Up? and Europe: the Final Debate with Jeremy Paxman (Channel 4). For more information visit: www.itnproductions.co.uk.


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