Speaker Profile MIPDoc/MIPFormats

Steve Burns

Job TitleChief Programming Officer

Company NameCuriosityStream


Steve Burns is Chief Programming Officer for CuriosityStream, the award-winning streaming and on-demand destination for world-class documentary features and series exploring science, space, technology, history, nature, health and more.

CuriosityStream, founded by John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Communications, premiered in March 2015, and Burns has been in this role since launch. He is responsible for CuriosityStream’s entire library of original productions and acquisitions including award-winning titles and series such as Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places and David Attenborough’s Light On Earth.

Burns’ career in documentary and non-fiction filmmaking spans more than 25 years from National Geographic cinematographer/producer to senior executive positions at Discovery Communications, including Executive Vice President and Chief Science Editor at Discovery Networks, as well as General Manager of Science Channel. In 2007, he returned to National Geographic as Executive Vice President of Global Content for NGC Worldwide.

Burns was also recently a freelance Executive Producer for 5 seasons of WNET/ NY's long-running series Secrets of the Dead for PBS in the U.S.

Burns has won multiple industry awards, including two Emmys® for 5 Years on Mars and Spirit of the Rainforest. His teams have been nominated for two Academy Awards, over 250 Emmy® nominations, including dozens of wins, and two Peabody Awards.


About CuriosityStream

Launched by Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks, CuriosityStream is the award-winning streaming and on-demand destination where viewers can journey through our world and beyond. Our immersive experiences feature experts from Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough to Veritasium’s Derek Muller, stunning visuals, and unrivaled storytelling to demystify science, history, technology, nature, health and more. With over 1,700 documentary features and series, many in Ultra HD 4K, including exclusive originals, CuriosityStream is available worldwide to watch on TV, desktop, mobile and tablets. Find us on the web and via Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and Sprint and Google Chromecast, iOS and Android, as well as Amazon Channels, Sling TV, VRV, Comcast Xfinity on Demand, and the Sony, LG, Samsung and VIZIO smart TV platforms. 

Conference Sessions


    07 Apr 2018, 10:15 - 10:50, JW Marriott Hotel, Grand Theatre

    Presenting The World Screen Factual Trendsetter AwardsThree global programming executives provide their view from the top, offering a lively discussion of acqui...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Date
        Sat, Apr 7

    07 Apr 2018, 14:45 - 15:45, JW Marriott Hotel, Matchmaking Lounge

    Pre-registered delegates only   The industry’s top international buyers and commissioners are at MIPDOC. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to pitch your p...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Date
        Sat, Apr 7

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