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Discovery Channel ups Denise Contis

Denise Contis (pictured) has been upped from senior VP to exec VP of production and development for the West Coast.
September 6, 2013

U.S. cable network Discovery Channel has promoted Denise Contis (pictured) from senior VP to exec VP of production and development for the West Coast, effective September 9.

She will replace Nancy Daniels, who was promoted to general manager of sister network TLC, and will report to Discovery and TLC group president Eileen O’Neill. Daniels is replacing general manager Amy Winter, who stepped down for personal reasons but will stay on as executive VP of brand marketing.

Contis most recently served as senior VP of production and development for Discovery, overseeing the production of all the channel’s programming including Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, Naked and Afraid, Fast N’ Loud and Deadliest Catch.

She joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as West Coast VP of production and development for TLC, where she exec produced Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Say Yes To The Dress, among other shows. Before that she was senior VP of programming for producer A. Smith and Company.

“Having worked on both Discovery and TLC, she’s a television executive who gets what both men and women of all ages want to see,” O’Neill said in a statement. ” Her track record of bringing quality programming to the Discovery family speaks for itself.  I’ve worked with Denise for over six years now and I’m thrilled to grow this relationship and keep it going strong.”

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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