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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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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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