Lee Bartlett to exit Discovery Studios Group

The president of Discovery Communications' Studios Group is stepping down from the role in September, realscreen has confirmed.
July 27, 2015

Lee Bartlett (pictured), president of Discovery Communications’ Studios Group, is to step down from the role in September, realscreen has confirmed.

Bartlett joined Discovery in 2010 as executive VP of global production management and business and legal affairs, and was upped to president of the Studios Group this past March, when former Core Media Group CEO Marc Graboff also boarded Discovery Communications as president of global business and legal affairs, production management and Studios.

The Studios Group is comprised of full-service prodco, The Studio, along with Discovery Global Music Services, Discovery’s Footage Services, Discovery Consumer Products, and Discovery’s Program Sales and Private Networks.

In addition to running the Studios Group, Bartlett also oversaw Discovery’s portfolio of prodcos, including the UK-based betty and Raw, as well as All3Media, a joint venture with Liberty Global.

While a Discovery spokesperson tells realscreen that Bartlett’s exit is his decision, the executive’s next move has not yet been announced.

Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Bartlett served as MD of ITV Studios, where he oversaw the company’s UK and international production and distribution businesses. The exec boarded ITV Studios as COO in April 2008 and was upped to MD that July.

Before working at ITV, Bartlett served as executive VP for business affairs at Fox Broadcasting Company, where he managed the network’s production departments and business affairs, and oversaw the business relationships around American Idol.

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 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.