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Former Discovery exec Denise Contis joins CNBC

NBCUniversal-owned business channel CNBC has named former Discovery executive Denise Contis as its EVP and head of content for primetime. In the new role, Contis (pictured) will be responsible for the business ...
September 16, 2019

NBCUniversal-owned business channel CNBC has named former Discovery executive Denise Contis as its EVP and head of content for primetime.

In the new role, Contis (pictured) will be responsible for the business network’s primetime programming, production and development.

Reporting directly into CNBC chairman Mark Hoffman, Contis will divide her time between CNBC’s New York and Los Angeles offices when she begins Tuesday (Sept. 17).

She takes over from Christian Barcellos, SVP of development and production, who had been filling the vacancy in an interim basis.

Contis had previously served as SVP of development and production at Discovery Channel for the U.S. and UK, where she managed all aspects of the cable net’s development and programming and annually delivered more than 500 hours of original programming, including the Emmy-nominated Naked and Afraid, Gold Rush  and Killing Fields. She also helped launch programs such as Fast N’Loud and Alaska: The Last Frontier, as well as Deadliest Catch.

Contis originally joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as VP of production and development – West Coast at TLC. There, she served as exec producer on TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and oversaw the refresh and resurgence of franchise Say Yes to the Dress and What Not to Wear.

The executive stepped down from the Discovery role in 2017.

Since departing Discovery, Contis has served as an advisor and consultant to broadcast and digital media companies on all aspects of content and branding, as well as business strategy and marketing.

Prior to boarding Discovery, she was SVP of programming for A. Smith & Co., launched her own media company TUK Media, and was a programming consultant for Lifetime.

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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