Discovery Networks International (DNI) has created a production and development arm for TLC International, its new global entertainment and lifestyle network targeting women 25-49. The new production and development unit will be overseen by Luis Silberwasser, DNI senior vice president and international head of content. Darcy Tomlin, vice president, programming, DNI, will run the day-to-day operations for TLC International from Discovery HQ in Silver Spring, Maryland.
‘While we will leverage the pipeline of rich content across TLC and Discovery’s portfolio of networks, we will focus our efforts on creating distinct programming designed specifically for TLC on an international and local level,’ said Silberwasser. ‘That combination of content sources will establish a firm foundation to make TLC a true global success.’
Jon Sechrist joins the venture from TLC, where he exec produced the hit Cake Boss as well as the news series The Next Great Baker among other programming. Based in New York, Sechrist will focus on the production and development of lifestyle programming across all international markets. Sarah Thornton has been named Head of Development and Production for TLC across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and is based in London.
Sarah Thornton is coming on board as head of development and production for TLC across EMEA. She joins DNI from London’s Pulse Films, where she recently directed an episode of the hit Pineapple Dance Studios that’s been shortlisted for a Rose D’or award. She’s also produced and reformatted numerous series for the BBC including Don’t Get Done Get Dom, Animals at Work, Undercover Dads and Heir Hunters.
TLC was first launched internationally in Norway this past March and has since launched in Asia Pacific. By 2011, DNI plans to have TLC International available in more than 75 countries, to reach over 100 million households.