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Animal Planet exec to head Discovery’s Original Content Group

Charlie Foley (pictured) has been named exec VP of Discovery Communications' newly formed Original Content Group, a role he will take on while continuing to oversee Animal Planet's development department.
June 26, 2013

Charlie Foley (pictured) has been named exec VP of Discovery Communications’ newly formed Original Content Group, a role he will take on while continuing to oversee Animal Planet’s development department.

In his new role, Foley will create, write and exec produce the scripted and non-fiction series and formats coming out of the Original Content Group.

He will be based in the company’s New York offices, where he will oversee a team that creates and produces for Discovery Networks in the U.S. and internationally. He will continue to report to Marjorie Kaplan, group president and general manager of Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity.

Foley’s credits include Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, Top Hooker, Off the Hook, Monsters Inside Me and Tanked. 

“Charlie’s creative talents have helped transform Animal Planet into a top 20 network with original series like River Monsters, Whale Wars and the network’s two scripted Mermaids specials, which have become a global phenomenon,” said Kaplan. “With him in this new role, the entire Discovery portfolio will be able to benefit from Charlie’s big ideas, his creative leadership and his storytelling skills.”

 

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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