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Varo Jarrell boards Discovery Studios, Lee upped at TLC

Discovery Communications has tapped Sandy Varo Jarrell (pictured, left) as senior VP of creative for Discovery Studios, and has expanded the role of Howard Lee (right) to executive VP of development and production for TLC.
December 10, 2015

Discovery Communications has tapped Sandy Varo Jarrell (pictured, left) as senior VP of creative for Discovery Studios and has expanded the role of Howard Lee (right) to executive VP of development and production for TLC.

In the newly created post, Varo Jarrell is charged with developing original content for network clients while overseeing the creative direction of the in-house production studio. She will report to Marc Graboff, president of global business and legal affairs, production management and studios.

Varo Jarrell most recently served as senior VP of production and development for TLC, responsible for West Coast development and oversight on original programming. Her credits include Say Yes to the DressLittle People Big WorldMy 600lb Life, Our Little Family and I Am Jazz.

Before boarding TLC, Varo Jarrell held various titles in the factual space, including head of unscripted programming and development at ABC Family; VP of reality programming and development at Lifetime; and director of alternative programming at CBS.

Lee, meanwhile, will see his current role of executive VP of development and production for the East Coast expand to include TLC’s entire production and development programming slate.

He will serve as the company’s number two creative executive under president and GM Nancy Daniels. In addition, Lee will continue his role as GM of Discovery Life Channel, where he reports to Daniels.  TLC’s West Coast development and production teams – led by Elvia Van Es Oliva, VP of development, and Jack Tarantino, VP of production – will now report to Lee.

The TLC veteran has previously had a hand in launching such network hits as 90 Day FiancéSister WivesCake Boss, Long Island Medium, Breaking Amish and Extreme Couponing.

Having joined TLC in 2008, Lee previously served as VP of development and production for the 2007 launch of Planet Green. Prior to that, he worked as VP of development for Travel Channel.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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