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Mark Hollinger named president/CEO of Discovery Networks International

Discovery Networks International has announced that Mark Hollinger has been named president and CEO of Discovery Networks International, and that Greg Ricca will be leaving the company 'following a period of transition.'
December 3, 2009

Discovery Networks International has announced that Mark Hollinger (pictured) has been named president and CEO of Discovery Networks International, and that Greg Ricca will be leaving the company ‘following a period of transition.’ Most recently serving as COO for Discovery Communications, Hollinger will continue with those duties until a successor is named.

‘Mark has been my most trusted partner at Discovery. He has been critical to building Discovery into the number one nonfiction media company and creating the best global footprint in all of media,’ said Discovery Communications president/ CEO David Zaslav. ‘Building strong brands and growing audience share around the world is one of our key growth opportunities, and Mark’s fluency in Discovery’s global business, strong leadership skills and vision to grow the business makes him the ideal executive to lead Discovery Networks International into the future.’

Hollinger, who joined the company in 1991 as vice president and deputy general counsel, was also integral to the launch of Discovery Channel Asia, working as acting general manager for the operation in 1994. ‘I am very grateful to David for giving me this opportunity, and energized to join the talented international Discovery team,’ Hollinger said. ‘I have great confidence that Discovery’s extensive global operations can continue creating strong, vibrant brands and maximize our platform position for the next phase growth.’ There has been no word of Ricca’s future plans.

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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