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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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