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Discovery ups Scott Lewers, Jennifer Williams to EVPs

Discovery has promoted two of its longtime executives. Scott Lewers (pictured, left) has been elevated to executive vice president of multi-platform programming and digital media, while Jennifer Williams (pictured, right) will now serve in ...
September 11, 2018

Discovery has promoted two of its longtime executives.

Scott Lewers (pictured, left) has been elevated to executive vice president of multi-platform programming and digital media, while Jennifer Williams (pictured, right) will now serve in the newly-created role of executive vice president of global talent management and brand strategy and operations, Discovery and factual.

Lewers, most recently SVP of multi-platform programming and digital media at TLC, will be tasked with Discovery’s content strategy and schedule, research and insights, multi-platform live and pre-show content, as well as the overall digital strategy for Discovery and Science Channel.

While at TLC, Lewers developed the first digital original series on TLCGo, 90 Day Fiancé: What Now?, and the launch of TLC’s first original series with Snapchat, Royal Wedding.

Prior to TLC, Lewers served as Discovery Channel’s SVP of programming, responsible for overseeing all aspects of program planning for Discovery Channel and spearheading content for the network. He has also championed Discovery’s digital content, such as Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, which won an Emmy for outstanding creative achievement in interactive media – multi-platform storytelling.

Before joining Discovery, Lewers held senior programming roles at Oxygen Media/NBCU and Lifetime Entertainment.

Lewers will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report directly to Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and Factual.

Williams’ career with Discovery has spanned more than 20 years, and she most recently served as head of global talent management and operations. In her new role, she will lead the global talent management and operations teams in New York, Los Angeles, Maryland, Knoxville and London supporting Discovery’s brands.

Williams will also be responsible for developing and driving the network’s factual business strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as leading and executing special projects and developing partnership opportunities. She will also manage the alignment of all revenue-related functions and oversee alignment of business needs and strategies related to production, content, rights, talent and time-buys.

She will be based in New York City, and report to both Daniels, as well as David Leavy, chief corporate operations and communications officer for Discovery Communications.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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