There’s so much more to Phil Craig, the new evp and chief creative officer for Discovery Networks International. For example: He held a gliding license before he could drive a car. He also played drums in a student band called “The Wobbly Jellies” but was not considered good enough to perform on their one single. He was researcher for the film director Paul Greengrass, and as a result got to play on U2’s drum kit while working with him on a 1980s film about the band.
Random: He thinks that the British pub game “flip the beer mat” could be the next big celebrity format.
He conducted the first in-depth interview with legendary singer Morrissey for UK television and also conducted the only documentary interview with President Obama following the Bin Laden raid. He is, in fact, the son of Mike Craig, a key writer on the popular UK television comedy the “Morecambe and a Wise” Christmas shows on the mid ’70s. For those who are familiar, he gave the world “Angela Rippon’s legs.” And this: He had a very small speaking part in the Oscar award winning movie “Chariots of Fire.” Check him out at minute 1.14 (and also in the screen shot above): http://youtu.be/mh34_CUHhaE