Vivian Schiller, currently senior VP of CNN Productions, has been appointed general manager of the Discovery Civilization Channel, which is jointly owned by Discovery Communications and The New York Times Company. Schiller will oversee all programming at Discovery Civilization, which is scheduled to re-launch with a stronger focus on history and current events programming. Schiller will leave CNN at the end of May, joining Discovery in late June.
In other Discovery news, Billy Campbell was named the new president of Bethesda, Maryland-based Discovery Networks U.S. Campbell, who has held executive posts at CBS and Miramax Television, replaces Johnathan Rodgers, who left in March.
Annika Bjornstad has been named TV director for Norway’s NRK and will handle programming for NRK1 and NRK2. Bjornstad has been with NRK for 20 years, holding various posts, including editor of children’s programs.
Lauren Zalaznick has been named president of Trio, the arts cable network owned by Vivendi Universal. Zalaznick will also take the title executive VP of emerging networks for Universal TV. She was formerly senior VP of original programming for VH1.
Brian Graden has been made president of entertainment for MTV and VH1 and will head up programming for both of the channels. Graden previously headed up programming for MTV.
Michael Lynton has been appointed president, international and executive VP of AOL Time Warner. Lynton, who joined America Online in 1999, is currently president of AOL International.
Katherine Lauderdale has been named senior VP and general counsel for the Alexandria, Virginia-based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Lauderdale is currently senior VP, strategic partnerships and general counsel for Window to the World Communications.