Doug Schwalbe was elected to Board Director, BAFTA New York in the 2012 Board Elections.
Doug currently serves as Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Production and Program Sales at Classic Media. The company owns a notable catalog of British intellectual properties, including “Postman Pat”, “Rupert Bear”, and “Basil Brush”. Within the past month they have added “Noddy” and the Ian Falconer series “Olivia” to our portfolio.
Over the past 10 years he has supervised production and distribution over new productions including a new theatrical film: "Postman Pat: You Know You're the One", which features the voices of Rupert Grint, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Mangen and David Tennant, to be released by Icon/Lionsgate in the UK May 2013. He also produced the 2005 British feature film "Lassie", written and directed by Charles Sturridge, which starred Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage in a re-telling of the classic 1942 novel, "Lassie Come Home". Other new productions include a new series of “Postman Pat SDS” for CBBC for Spring 2013.
Prior to Classic Media, he was CEO of Splendid Television, where he served as Executive Producer on the BBC/A&E mini-series "Victoria and Albert", starring Nigel Hawthorne, David Suchet, Peter Ustinov, Diana Rigg and Jonathan Pryce which won the Emmy for best Costume design. Splendid Television also financed the TNT movie "James Dean" starring James Franco, for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor. He was also the distributor for Miramax Television, handling international sales on the Matt Damon, Ben Affleck produced "Project Greenlight" and the Kevin Williamson created WB series "Glory Days".
He started his film and television career at MGM International Television in 1988, went to 20th Century Fox International Television in 1992 as Vice President of Co-production and Marketing, and then worked at HBO between 1995-2000 as Senior Vice President, Sales and Co-production.