Journalist Laura Ling (pictured) has joined Discovery Digital Networks, the digital video arm of Discovery Communications, as its director of development.
Ling – the sister of journalist and TV personality Lisa Ling, who currently fronts CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling - most recently served as host and reporter for E! Investigates and the E! Network docuseries Society X with Laura Ling. Prior to joining E!, Ling was VP of Current TV’s journalism department and created the investigative docuseries Vanguard.
In her new role, Ling will be part of the senior team that manages original program development for Discovery’s portfolio of online nets, which includes the channels Revision3, TestTube, Animalist, SourceFed and The DeFranco Network.
“Laura is a phenomenal talent who brings an unparalleled level of curiosity and commitment to storytelling to her work, and now Discovery Digital Networks,” said Tom Lofthouse, senior VP of programming for Discovery Digital Networks, in a statement. “Discovery Digital Networks continues to extend and deepen its relationship with passionate online audiences, and we look forward to exploring new topics and worlds with Laura as the guide.”
Ling added: “Throughout my career, I have sought out the stories that haven’t been told and the people the world hasn’t met, and I am excited to join the Discovery Digital Networks team to help bring more of these stories to light online.”
In related news, Discovery Networks UK has signed on for a 6 x 60-minute series entitled Supertruckers from All3Media-owned prodco Lion Television, set to air in the UK and Ireland in January. The show will follow siblings Steve and Sarah King as they lead a group of 25 truckers – known as the Kings – carrying extreme cargos across the UK and Europe.
“We meet some really fantastic characters in Supertruckers, from practical joker Sully, to the unflappable Kev,” said Elizabeth McIntyre, VP of production and development for factual at Discovery Networks International, in a statement. “The Kings are experts in their field and undertake some of the most ambitious haulage jobs around.”