Etkind named Science GM as Mullin exits

Discovery Communications has named Marc Etkind (pictured) as GM of Science Channel, replacing Rita Mullin who has left the company, realscreen has confirmed.
September 28, 2015

Discovery Communications has named Marc Etkind (pictured) as GM of Science Channel, replacing Rita Mullin who has left the company, realscreen has confirmed.

Etkind, who previously served as GM for Destination America, will provide oversight on all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing, brand strategy and daily operations for the cable network. He will now report to Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.

Etkind led the team that launched Destination America in 2011, where he was responsible for developing and producing logo and branding, marketing and digital assets, and overseeing such network series as BBQ Pitmasters, Railroad Alaska, United States of Bacon and Buying Hawaii. He has previously served as VP of development for Discovery-owned network Animal Planet.

“Marc has a strong record of programming successes and a fascinating background in science,” said Ross in a statement. “He has an instinct for what audiences want to watch and is well positioned to lead Science Channel.”

Mullin’s departure comes after Discovery Communications realigned its U.S. network portfolio in August.

Jane Latman will fill Etkind’s former role of GM for Destination America and be responsible for overseeing the development, production, programming and marketing of the network. She will continue on as senior VP of development for Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America where she has crafted such series as On the Case with Paula Zahn and A Crime to Remember for ID.

Latman previously served as GM of Discovery Life where she led the shift from Discovery Fit & Health, developing a slate of original titles that included New Girls on the Block, focusing on a real group of friends within the transgender community.

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