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Discovery Int’l ups Sechrist, Thornton

Discovery Networks International has promoted Jon Sechrist (pictured left) and Sarah Thornton (right), two executives on its lifestyle production and development team.
August 14, 2012

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has promoted Jon Sechrist (pictured left) and Sarah Thornton (right), two executives on its lifestyle production and development team.

Sechrist has been upped to VP of production and development for DNI and TLC International, while Thornton has been promoted to VP of production and development for DNI Lifestyle, with a focus on the Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) regions.

NYC-based Sechrist will jointly report to Luis Silberwasser, DNI exec VP and chief content officer, and Julian Bellamy, DNI creative director and head of production and development, and will be charged with managing the content partnership between DNI and Discovery’s U.S. female-targeted networks: TLC, OWN, Discovery Fit and Health, ID and Destination America.

He will also continue to develop and executive produce for TLC international, including the upcoming series Swinger Wives; season two of My Naked Secret, and the third season of NY Ink.

London-based Thornton, meanwhile, will continue to report directly to Bellamy, and will lead the charge for upcoming high-priority TLC international series, including Ultimate Shopper and Your Style in His Hands. She will also work closely with the regional teams in Western Europe and CEEMEA on the commissioning of local productions.

Sechrist and Thornton both previously held exec producer positions prior to their promotions.

“The growth and success of DNI’s production and development unit thus far can be in large part attributed to the strong efforts and solid programming output from both Jon and Sarah,” said Silberwasser.

 

 

 

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