UPDATED 09/11/15, 10:19A.M. EST to include more information about the restructuring, including oversight of in-house production at Discovery Channel Canada
Paul Lewis, president and GM of Discovery Networks in Canada, has been let go as part of a second wave of restructuring at Canada’s Bell Media.
Lewis, who was appointed as president of Discovery Channel Canada in 2003, had overall responsibility for Discovery’s stable of networks in Canada – including Discovery Channel, Discovery World, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery – as well as the company’s production outfit, Exploration Production, and distribution efforts.
A spokesperson for Bell Media tells realscreen that Lewis’s team now reports to Tracey Pearce, head of specialty and pay-TV for Bell Media.
Under Lewis, Discovery Canada also worked with myriad international broadcasters as a coproduction partner and in various strategic partnerships.
In early 2003, Lewis replaced Ken Murphy, who was also let go as part of a restructuring effort. Prior to that promotion, he served as SVP of programming for Discovery Channel Canada.
He first joined the brand at its inception as executive producer of in-house programming in 1994, and helped create one of its flagship series, Daily Planet, which began its run as @discovery.ca. He also conceived what the network had hailed as its most ambitious project to date, the multi-platform concept Race to Mars and Mars Rising.
Also as part of the restructuring, Nanci MacLean, previously VP of Bell Media production, has been upped to VP of in-house production, with her new role now encompassing responsibility for Discovery Canada’s in-house programming, including Daily Planet.
Bell Media operates Discovery’s Canadian business in a joint venture partnership with Discovery Communications. In late August, the company named Randy Lennox as president, entertainment production and broadcasting.