Former head of BBC’s Natural History division Andrew Jackson has joined Silver Spring-based Discovery Channel. Jackson is charged with developing big-ticket natural history, history and science series and specials for the basic cable channel.

He will report to Discovery and TLC Networks group president Eileen O’Neill, but will remain in the UK.

Most recently, at BBC’s Natural History unit, Jackson oversaw the UK launch of “Frozen Planet” which ran on Discovery Channel in the U.S.

Jackson had left that division in late February.

“Andrew Jackson is one of the best in the business,” O’Neill said in a canned quote, of the new hire, noting that natural history and science are “two of our core genres.”