Jon Bardin serves as Director of Development and Production, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel. In this role, Bardin is responsible for bringing new documentaries and special to Discovery Channel while helping manage the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to maintaining the quality of documentaries and specials through production and delivery. He also identifies writers and producers necessary to develop new programming. In addition, Bardin is tasked with expanding Discovery’s slate of on-brand acquisitions, including documentaries and specials. In addition, Bardin continues to produce documentaries in-house. Bardin is based in New York and reports to John Hoffman, Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials.
Prior to joining Discovery Channel, Bardin co-founded The Public Good Projects. While there, he served as producer on Sleepless in America, a co-production with the National Institutes of Health that explored the crucial need for sleep and the shocking life-threatening consequences of its absence, which premiered on National Geographic Channel in 2014.
Bardin earned his PhD in neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he studied recovery from severe brain injury and disorders of consciousness. He is the recipient of a research fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, and has published papers in several scientific journals, including Brain and Archives of Neurology.
Bardin earned his A.B. from Harvard College with a concentration in Visual and Environmental Studies.