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Rodgers leaves Discovery

After a year of executive departures and rumors the company is for sale, there's been another shake-up at Discovery. Johnathan Rodgers, president of Discovery Networks U.S., is leaving the company at the end of March.
March 1, 2002

After a year of executive departures and rumors the company is for sale, there’s been another shake-up at Discovery. Johnathan Rodgers, president of Discovery Networks U.S., is leaving the company at the end of March.

Discovery spokesperson Annie Howell said Rodgers is leaving on ‘amicable’ terms and that he has no concrete plans as to what he will pursue next. She said his departure is ‘personal and positive’ and is unrelated to the departures of other Discovery executives in the last year. Among those who have left are Mike Quattrone, former Discovery Channel general manager, Kathy Quattrone, ex-gm of Discovery Health, and just recently TLC’s executive VP and GM, Jana Bennett, who left to rejoin the BBC.

Rodgers became president in 1996 and oversaw the launch of Animal Planet and Discovery Health. No successor has yet been named.

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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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