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Discovery’s Bennett takes on ID, Planet Green role

Kevin Bennett, formerly senior VP of programming at Discovery Channel, is moving over to sister networks Investigation Discovery, Military Channel and Planet Green, as senior VP of programming and research.
November 1, 2011

Kevin Bennett, formerly senior VP of programming at Discovery Channel, is moving over to sister networks Investigation Discovery (ID), Military Channel and Planet Green, as senior VP of programming and research.

In his new role, Bennett will lead a newly centralized programming, scheduling and research division that works across all three brands.

He will also spearhead the development efforts for ID and work with Marc Etkind, senior VP of content strategy for Planet Green; and Ed Hersh, senior VP of content strategy for Military Channel, on long-term strategic planning for the growth of each brand.

At Discovery, Bennett was responsible for planning, directing, and executing the programming strategy for the net, and in prior roles at Discovery Communication, he has been key in the developing and launching of Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Times Channel and ID.

As the main development executive for ID and Military Channel, Bennett helped create  On the Case with Paula Zahn, I (Almost) Got Away with It, Disappeared, Ultimate Weapons and Top Sniper.

Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of ID, Military Channel and Planet Green, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Kevin back to the leadership team for my portfolio and to have him working day-to-day on the programming strategy for Investigation Discovery, which he helped launch nearly four years ago.

“It’s imperative that we have the very best creative leaders, like Kevin, dedicated to charting a path for future growth.”

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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