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Discovery Communications realigns network portfolio leadership

Under the new structure, effective immediately, Eileen O'Neill (left) will manage Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, while Marjorie Kaplan (center) will add TLC to her management duties and Henry Schleiff (right) will add Discovery Fit & Health to his roster of networks.
February 27, 2014

Discovery Communications has realigned the management of its network portfolio.

Under the new structure, effective immediately, group president Eileen O’Neill (left) will manage Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, while group president Marjorie Kaplan (center) will oversee TLC and Animal Planet and Henry Schleiff (right) will add Discovery Fit & Health to his roster of networks, including Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and the recently rebranded American Heroes Channel.

Science Channel general manager Debbie Myers and Velocity general manager Bob Scanlon, who reported to Kaplan previously, now report to O’Neill, while TLC general manager Nancy Daniels, who originally reported to O’Neill when TLC was under her management, now reports to Kaplan.

In a statement, Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav called O’Neill, Kaplan and Schleiff “among the finest creative leaders in the media business today” and added: “I am confident, under their continued leadership, Discovery’s U.S. network portfolio will continue to grow market share, produce world-class content and fuel our international growth for years to come.”

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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