Former Discovery Communications exec Edward Sabin has boarded A+E Networks as MD of Americas and head of commercial operations for International.
In his new role, the exec – who in November stepped down from his role as group chief operating officer for Discovery Channel and TLC - is to manage A+E Networks’ growth in Latin America and Canada, lead business operations for A+E Networks’ international channels, and play a strategic role in building new business globally.
Reporting to Sean Cohan, executive VP of International, Sabin’s responsibilities in Latin America and Canada include oversight of key relationships, partnerships, channels, program sales and digital media activities.
Additionally, in his capacity as head of commercial operations for International, Sabin is to lead a range of global strategic and operational initiatives and teams; manage commercial policy and coordination on global ad sales and distribution; and evaluate and enhance the company’s “global and local approaches to business functions.”
Sabin – who is fluent in Spanish – will also work on initiatives targeting the U.S. Hispanic and secondary markets as well as other collaborative efforts across A+E Networks’ divisions and brands. He will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles offices.
Prior to joining A+E Networks, Sabin oversaw all strategy, network operations, talent management, research and financial and business matters for Discovery Channel and TLC, as well as Science Channel and Velocity.
Before joining Discovery in 2007, the exec was with Fox Television Studios for seven years, serving as senior VP of business development and operations, and before that, VP of business and legal affairs.
“Our international division has been on a tear, with a portfolio and business that has tripled in size. Both wholly-owned businesses and our partnerships with leading players have grown dramatically,” said Cohan in a statement. “In his role, Edward joins a strong team and partners that are bullish on the continued growth of some of the best content and brands across all regions and platforms.”