Steve Burns

Steve Burns

CuriosityStream & WNET/PBS

Steve Burns is Chief Content Officer for, a newly launched subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) channel and is responsible for 600 hours of production and acquisitions. 

His career spans more than 25 years from National Geographic cinematographer/producer to senior executive positions at Discovery Networks, including GM of Science Channel, returning to National Geographic as Executive Vice President of Global Content for NGC worldwide. Most recently, he was also a freelance Executive Producer for WNET/ NY's long-running Secrets of the Dead series for PBS in the U.S.

At Discovery Channel, Burns was a part of the team that established partnerships with AAAS for a weekly science news program and helped initiate the Montana State University/ Discovery Channel internships and MFA program for natural history and science filmmaking.

He 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 200 Emmy nominations, including dozens of wins, and two Peabody Awards.