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Rodgers leaves Discovery

After a year of executive departures and rumors the company is for sale, there's been another shake-up at Discovery. Johnathan Rodgers, president of Discovery Networks U.S., is leaving the company at the end of March.
March 1, 2002

After a year of executive departures and rumors the company is for sale, there’s been another shake-up at Discovery. Johnathan Rodgers, president of Discovery Networks U.S., is leaving the company at the end of March.

Discovery spokesperson Annie Howell said Rodgers is leaving on ‘amicable’ terms and that he has no concrete plans as to what he will pursue next. She said his departure is ‘personal and positive’ and is unrelated to the departures of other Discovery executives in the last year. Among those who have left are Mike Quattrone, former Discovery Channel general manager, Kathy Quattrone, ex-gm of Discovery Health, and just recently TLC’s executive VP and GM, Jana Bennett, who left to rejoin the BBC.

Rodgers became president in 1996 and oversaw the launch of Animal Planet and Discovery Health. No successor has yet been named.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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