It’s official — following the departure of former Science Channel GM Marc Etkind earlier this week, Scott Lewers is taking the top content role at the Discovery Inc. net.
Previously, Lewers held an EVP post, overseeing multi-platform programming, live production, digital and research teams across Discovery, Science Channel and Animal Planet. Now, as EVP of multi-platform programming, factual & head of content, Science, he will also be tasked with oversight of the creative vision and content for Science Channel, and shepherding production and development, reporting to Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and Factual.
“Scott has been instrumental in creating and growing the content strategy across our networks, building a broader and more diverse audience on all platform,” said Daniels in a statement. “He is a brilliant creative disrupter with a passion for strengthening our brands for the multi-platform future.”
While it was confirmed with the news of Etkind’s departure that Lewers’ remit would be expanding, it was unclear as to what his title would be, and the extent of the new post. Science is the latest in the Discovery Inc. network stable to eschew having a general manager. Patrice Andrews, general manager of Animal Planet, left the post in 2017 when it was announced that Susanna Dinnage would take on the role of global president for the brand. Dinnage subsequently left the role in 2019, with oversight for Animal Planet’s production, development, commissioning and windowing across linear and DTC added to Daniels’ responsibilities.
Most recently, Lewers has taken an EP role on the upcoming prank series from Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot, Revenge of the Nerd, featuring former NASA engineer turned YouTube star Mark Rober, airing on Discovery later this year.
Prior to being upped to EVP, Lewers served as senior vice president of multi-platform programming and digital media at TLC, and before TLC, was senior vice president of programming for Discovery Channel. Before joining Discovery, he held senior programming roles with NBCU cable net Oxygen and Lifetime Entertainment.