Discovery Networks International (DNI) has announced a new senior management structure for its operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa. The new arrangement organizes DNI’s European operation geographically into two businesses for Western and Eastern Europe.
The Western Europe operation covers 16 markets including the UK, Germany, Southern Europe, Nordic and Benelux and is led by Dee Forbes, EVP, Discovery Networks UK & Western Europe. More than 17 of Discovery’s channel brands, including Discovery Channel, Quest, Animal Planet, Science and TLC, are broadcast in the region. General managers for the Western Europe markets are Susanna Dinnage (UK), Jan Andreassen (Nordics), Jochem De Jong (Benelux), Magnus Kastner (Germany) and Marinella Soldi (Southern Europe). Dan Korn is SVP, head of programming for Western Europe.
The Eastern Europe operation covers 10 brands in 99 markets including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Middle East and Africa and is led by Kasia Kieli, EVP, Discovery Networks Eastern Europe . For Eastern Europe, senior management includes Phillip Luff, acting GM, Central Europe, and head of channels Paul Welling. For both businesses, Caleb Weinstein serves as SVP, head of distribution and acting GM, emerging markets with Fulvia Nicoli as SVP, head of research & insight.