Paul Lewis out at Discovery Canada

The longtime president and GM of Discovery Networks in Canada has been let go as part of a second round of restructuring at Bell Media.
September 9, 2015

UPDATED 09/11/15, 10:19A.M. EST to include more information about the restructuring, including oversight of in-house production at Discovery Channel Canada

Paul Lewis, president and GM of Discovery Networks in Canada, has been let go as part of a second wave of restructuring at Canada’s Bell Media.

Lewis, who was appointed as president of Discovery Channel Canada in 2003, had overall responsibility for Discovery’s stable of networks in Canada – including Discovery Channel, Discovery World, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery – as well as the company’s production outfit, Exploration Production, and distribution efforts.

A spokesperson for Bell Media tells realscreen that Lewis’s team now reports to Tracey Pearce, head of specialty and pay-TV for Bell Media.

Under Lewis, Discovery Canada also worked with myriad international broadcasters as a coproduction partner and in various strategic partnerships.

In early 2003, Lewis replaced Ken Murphy, who was also let go as part of a restructuring effort. Prior to that promotion, he served as SVP of programming for Discovery Channel Canada.

He first joined the brand at its inception as executive producer of in-house programming in 1994, and helped create one of its flagship series, Daily Planet, which began its run as He also conceived what the network had hailed as its most ambitious project to date, the multi-platform concept Race to Mars and Mars Rising.

Also as part of the restructuring, Nanci MacLean, previously VP of Bell Media production, has been upped to VP of in-house production, with her new role now encompassing responsibility for Discovery Canada’s in-house programming, including Daily Planet.

Bell Media operates Discovery’s Canadian business in a joint venture partnership with Discovery Communications. In late August, the company named Randy Lennox as president, entertainment production and broadcasting.

The news was first reported by realscreen sister publications Playback and Media in Canada.

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