Less than two weeks before its scheduled launch, and days after bailing on a scheduled appearance before a couple hundred journalists to take questions at Summer TV Press Tour 2013, Al Jazeera America announced Kathy Davidov had joined the network as head of its in-house documentary film unit, and that Neal Scarbrough and Jeff Green will lead its sports unit. Davidov most recently was exec vp of production for National Geographic Television, where she provided creative guidance for all content, including Explorer, and Border Wars; she also served as an exec producer at TLC, where she helmed such shows as Trading Spaces. She’ll be joined by Cynthia Kane who’s been named senior producer of the docu unit, coming from ITVS, after a stint in programming and acquisitions at Sundance Channel where she co-created “Doc Day”.
Over in sports, meanwhile, Scarbrough has been named senior exec producer, and Green is exec producer. Scarbrough joins Al Jazeera America from Comcast where he’d been vp of digital media for the Versus Sports Network (now NBC Sports Network) before moving over into corporate communications. He also ran the sports division at AOL and was an editor-in-chief at ESPN.com. Green was supervising producer of special events at Current TV – the network AJA is replacing. He also played a role in the launch of Yankees Entertainment and Sports network.