Discovery taps Wear int’l prez

NEW YORK — Discovery Communications Inc. has created the new post of president, Discovery Networks Intl., and hired Donald Wear Jr. to fill it.

Wear will focus on cable and satellite distribution of Discovery Channel in all territories outside the U.S. He’ll also be in charge of the sales of all Discovery-owned programming to foreign broadcasters.

And when DCI finally completes its long-in-negotiation joint venture with the BBC, Wear will take responsibility for the two worldwide networks spawned by the deal, Animal Planet and a program service similar to the Learning Channel.

The appointment of Wear, who’ll set up shop in the company’s Bethesda, Md., headquarters, completes the reorganization that DCI began 18 months ago. Wear becomes the seventh member of DCI’s executive-committee braintrust, joining John Hendricks, chairman and CEO; Judith McHale, president and chief operating officer; Greg Moyer, president and chief editorial and creative officer; Greg Durig, executive VP and chief financial officer; Johnathan Rodgers, president, Discovery Networks, U.S.; and Michaela English, president, Discovery Enterprises Worldwide.

Since 1993, Wear has served as VP and general counsel of Intelsat, which delivers satellite-telecommunications services to more than 200 countries. Wear’s previous jobs include senior VP and G.M. of CBS Broadcast Intl., a Paris-based VP of NBC, and an attorney with the D.C. law firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding.

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