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Etkind named GM of Destination America

Marc Etkind (pictured) has been promoted from senior VP of content strategy to general manager of Discovery Communications-owned cable net Destination America.
June 5, 2013

Marc Etkind (pictured) has been promoted from senior VP of content strategy to general manager of Discovery Communications-owned cable net Destination America.

In the newly expanded role, Etkind will lead all business strategy, programming, development, production and cross-platform promotion for the network, while continuing to report to Henry Schleiff, group president for Investigation Discovery, Destination America and Military Channel.

“Marc has been an incredible leader and partner as we grow the first and only network devoted to the people, places and, most of all, stories of the United States,” said Schleiff.

“The success of Destination America is due, in large part, to Marc’s incredible passion for the brand and the sense of fun he and his team have created throughout the programming, marketing and look of the network.”

As senior VP of content strategy, Etkind oversaw the development and production of shows including BBQ Pitmasters, Hillbilly Blood, EPIC, Buying Alaska, A Haunting, Monsters & Mysteries in America, United States of Bacon and the upcoming King of Thrones, Mountain Monsters, Buying the Bayou and Last Call Food Brawl.

Etkind first joined Discovery Communications in 2007, as VP of development for Animal Planet.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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