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Gavin upped, Reverand out at Discovery Channel

U.S. cable net Discovery Channel has promoted Dolores Gavin (pictured) to senior VP of development and production, partially replacing Stephen Reverand, who left the network last month.
July 15, 2011

U.S. cable net Discovery Channel has promoted Dolores Gavin (pictured) to senior VP of development and production, partially replacing Stephen Reverand, who left the network last month.

Previously VP in the same role, Gavin will oversee series development and will be based at Discovery Channel’s Silver Spring headquarters on the East Coast, reporting to the channel’s outgoing president and general manager Clark Bunting.

In her new position, Gavin oversees development and production strategy, working closely with the creative community to deliver non-fiction content for Discovery Communication’s flagship network.

Reverand’s departure, meanwhile, sees him leaving after a year and a quarter, having re-joined the firm in February 2010 after a stint with Nat Geo. As senior VP of development and production for the East Coast, he oversaw both series and specials.

The specials part of his role is now being handled by Christine Weber. As for Reverand, no details have emerged yet of a new position elsewhere.

Since joining Discovery Channel in February 2010 as senior director of development and production, and then as VP of the same role, Gavin has spearheaded development on shows including Gold Rush: Alaska, Sons Of Guns and Flying Wild Alaska.

“Dolores has been an invaluable asset to our development and production team,” said Bunting, commenting on her promotion. “Her instincts and insights are spot on. Now, with her expanded responsibilities, that expertise will reap Discovery continued success.”

The East Coast news comes after Discovery Channel earlier this month made changes to its West Coast-based development team, as previously reported. Discovery Communications moved Denise Contis from VP of production for TLC to the new role of West Coast-based senior VP of production and development for Discovery Channel.

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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