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Former Discovery execs launch new business

The former president of Discovery Communications' International Division has formed an international media consultancy with 10 former Discovery execs. International Media & Entertainment Partners, LLC will specialize in helping clients to expand internationally.
January 15, 2009

The former president of Discovery Communications’ International Division has formed an international media consultancy with 10 former Discovery execs. International Media & Entertainment Partners, LLC will specialize in helping clients to expand internationally.

All the members of the new firm have worked for or been associated with Discovery Networks International, the global division of Discovery Communications. Dawn L. McCall, former president of Discovery Communications’ International Division, is managing director.

‘International Media & Entertainment Partners is dedicated to the principle of providing the actionable support our clients need to advance their media business in the international marketplace,’ says McCall. ‘As executives who have built a large business, we can provide the planning, advice and know-how that will actually deliver results.’

The former Discovery Communications execs joining McCall in this venture are Barbara Bennett, former CFO and senior executive VP of finance and Pandit Wright, former senior executive VP of human resources and administration. Former Discovery Networks International employees on board include Susan Ritchie, former senior vice president of international communications; Laura Frankel, former senior vice president and general manager; Ron Benschoter, former Director of Research and Strategy and Deborah Kent, former SVP of operations and business services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Other partners in this venture include Martie Kretchmar, broadcast and program operations consultant and former Discovery network operations director and consultant to Discovery in Germany and London; David Spindler, former director of business development for Discovery Enterprises International; Dina Suggs, former head of affiliate sales and consumer research for Discovery Networks in Latin America; Olga Edridge, former head of BBC Worldwide’s international joint-venture channels, and former consultant to Discovery Networks International and Mathew Tombers, managing director of Intermat, Inc., specializing in advertising sales and business development, and former Discovery VP and consultant to Discovery Networks International.

The new media consultancy firm will be based in Washington, DC.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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