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Discovery taps History’s McCarroll as SVP, production and development

Discovery Communications has appointed Russ McCarroll as SVP, production and development, for Discovery Channel. Based in the network’s New York office, McCarroll (pictured) will shepherd the East Coast production and development of ...
October 2, 2017

Discovery Communications has appointed Russ McCarroll as SVP, production and development, for Discovery Channel.

Based in the network’s New York office, McCarroll (pictured) will shepherd the East Coast production and development of Discovery’s unscripted programming slate on all development and series. He will also manage all U.S. production and development originating from Discovery’s London’s office.

Before joining Discovery, McCarroll spent a decade at A+E Networks-owned History Channel, where he rose from executive producer to SVP, programming and development.  In his most recent role, he led the network’s unscripted programming and development team. While at the network, he developed a range of unscripted, hybrid and scripted series including Alone, Mountain Men and The World Wars.

He also oversaw some of the network’s key series, including American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Counting Cars, Top Gear and Ax Men.

Prior to his time at History, McCarroll was a producer at NBC News, where he managed a variety of projects for The Today Show and was a recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award for writing. Before his time at NBC, McCarroll was an indie producer who won an Emmy for his work.

McCarroll also garnered Emmy nominations for The World Wars in 2014; The Men Who Built America in 2013; and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in 2011.

Elsewhere, Discovery announced that Chris Rantamaki, SVP, production and development, Discovery Channel, will take on a new role, with both production and development reporting into him. He will oversee the West Coast production and development of Discovery’s unscripted programming slate on all development and series.

McCarroll and Rantamaki, as well as Craig Coffman, SVP production and development, motor content will report to Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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