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Discovery Communications realigns network portfolio leadership

Under the new structure, effective immediately, Eileen O'Neill (left) will manage Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, while Marjorie Kaplan (center) will add TLC to her management duties and Henry Schleiff (right) will add Discovery Fit & Health to his roster of networks.
February 27, 2014

Discovery Communications has realigned the management of its network portfolio.

Under the new structure, effective immediately, group president Eileen O’Neill (left) will manage Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, while group president Marjorie Kaplan (center) will oversee TLC and Animal Planet and Henry Schleiff (right) will add Discovery Fit & Health to his roster of networks, including Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and the recently rebranded American Heroes Channel.

Science Channel general manager Debbie Myers and Velocity general manager Bob Scanlon, who reported to Kaplan previously, now report to O’Neill, while TLC general manager Nancy Daniels, who originally reported to O’Neill when TLC was under her management, now reports to Kaplan.

In a statement, Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav called O’Neill, Kaplan and Schleiff “among the finest creative leaders in the media business today” and added: “I am confident, under their continued leadership, Discovery’s U.S. network portfolio will continue to grow market share, produce world-class content and fuel our international growth for years to come.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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