OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network exec Rita Mullin (pictured) has been promoted to general manager of U.S. cable network Science Channel, effective June 2, replacing Debbie Adler Myers, who has now left Discovery Communications.
A spokesperson for Science’s parent company Discovery confirmed to realscreen that Myers – Science’s GM and exec VP – recently left the U.S. network, although details of a new role at another company have not yet been disclosed.
Mullin, meanwhile, takes the reins at Science having most recently served as exec VP of programming and development at Discovery’s joint-venture network OWN.
“Rita has a passion for storytelling that is the core to the Science Channel audience,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, who Mullin will report to. “With nearly 20 years of non-fiction television experience, she has an innate curiosity that will drive the Science Channel to the next level.”
Adler Myers (pictured, left) departs after six years with Science, and nine with Discovery Communications, having overseen titles including Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Outrageous Acts of Science, and the network’s first scripted feature, The Challenger Disaster.
In a statement, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said: “Discovery has been extremely proud to have two talented creatives like Rita and Debbie in charge of building fantastic content slates and brands across our family of networks.
“Debbie helped make science fun, inspiring and fascinating for viewers and helped to strengthen Discovery’s worldwide content engine. Rita’s track record of success across networks has proven her ability to nourish viewers’ curiosity across multiple genres. Many thanks to Debbie for her passionate leadership and commitment to Discovery for the past nine years, and heartfelt congratulations to Rita, who is well positioned to lead Science Channel through its next phase of meteoric growth.”
Mullin added: “I am excited to call myself the newest member of the Science Channel team. I want to ignite people’s passions with the stories we have to share. We want to capitalize on people’s curiosity for the unknown with thought-provoking programming, bold talent and out-of-this-world entertainment.”