Lee Bartlett (pictured), president of Discovery Communications’ Studios Group, is to step down from the role in September, realscreen has confirmed.
Bartlett joined Discovery in 2010 as executive VP of global production management and business and legal affairs, and was upped to president of the Studios Group this past March, when former Core Media Group CEO Marc Graboff also boarded Discovery Communications as president of global business and legal affairs, production management and Studios.
The Studios Group is comprised of full-service prodco, The Studio, along with Discovery Global Music Services, Discovery’s Footage Services, Discovery Consumer Products, and Discovery’s Program Sales and Private Networks.
In addition to running the Studios Group, Bartlett also oversaw Discovery’s portfolio of prodcos, including the UK-based betty and Raw, as well as All3Media, a joint venture with Liberty Global.
While a Discovery spokesperson tells realscreen that Bartlett’s exit is his decision, the executive’s next move has not yet been announced.
Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Bartlett served as MD of ITV Studios, where he oversaw the company’s UK and international production and distribution businesses. The exec boarded ITV Studios as COO in April 2008 and was upped to MD that July.
Before working at ITV, Bartlett served as executive VP for business affairs at Fox Broadcasting Company, where he managed the network’s production departments and business affairs, and oversaw the business relationships around American Idol.