×

Discovery Expands Duties For O’Neill, Kaplan, Schleiff

Discovery Communications said it would realign executive oversight of several of its cable networks, in a move it said would group the outlets together by theme. And it broadened the number of networks being supervised by three top managers: Eileen O’Neill, Marjorie Kaplan and Henry Schleiff.

O’Neill, who gained fame in the media industry for building up TLC, then taking oversight of Discovery, will lead what the company sees as its male-skewing networks: Discovery, Science Channel and Velocity. Kaplan, who had been leading Animal Planet, adds TLC to her portfolio, part of an effort to group together the company’s networks focused on reality entertainment. And Schleiff, who oversees Investigation Discovery, Destination America and American Heroes, will gain supervision of Discovery Fit & Health, placing all of the company’s emerging outlets under his aegis.

The reshuffling removes TLC from O’Neill’s direct supervision for the first time since 2008. O’Neill was instrumental in transforming the outlet from something once envisioned as “The Learning Channel” into a showcase for character-driven reality programs like “Jon& Kate Plus Eight” or “Cake Boss.” Under O’Neill’s oversight, TLC even put a program on the air featuring former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the screen.

Discovery said the current leadership of each channel would remain in place. Debbie Myers, general manager of Science Channel, and Bob Scanlon, general manager of Velocity, will now report to O’Neill, while Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC, will report to Kaplan.

In a memo to employees, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said the moves were aimed at fostering better creative collaboration in the U.S. to better fuel what he sees as Discovery Communications’ growth opportunity: placing its programming overseas. Keeping The company’s “domestic content engine” in shape to “support our global distribution growth overall” is “key to our success,” Zaslav said.

More TV

  • Lil Nas X arrives at the

    Lil Nas X, Young Thug, Jamie XX Highlight Adult Swim Festival Lineup

    The second annual Adult Swim Festival is set to take place on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Los Angeles’ Banc Of California Stadium. Music acts on the bill include Lil Nas X (pictured), Jamie xx, Vince Staples, Young Thug, Dethklok, Captain Murphy and Tierra Whack, among many others. Additional offerings include comedy [...]

  • 'Live P.D.' Host Dan Abrams Brings

    'Live P.D.' Host Dan Abrams Brings New Order to Law-Focused Media

    Each weekday at 2 p.m., Dan Abrams talks to America for an hour about the law, politics and media. He’s been working steadily to expand the conversation. Abrams hosts an afternoon show on satellite-broadcaster SiriusXM, where he holds forth on the Mueller Report (if you haven’t read it, don’t try to debate him on what [...]

  • Sky takeover. Undated file photo of

    Katie Keenan to Head Sky Cinema Acquisitions

    Katie Keenan is joining Sky as head of acquisitions at Sky Cinema, and will oversee film deals for the pay-TV giant’s channels. Keenan is a seasoned buyer. Most recently she was at Viacom’s international division and acquiring programming for its free-TV Channel 5 operation in the U.K., as well as for cable channels including Comedy [...]

  • NEW YORK, NY – JUNE, 24:

    LGBTQ Stars Honored at Variety’s Power of Pride Celebration

    New York City felt the full power of pride on Monday, as Variety celebrated its inaugural issue devoted to the annual recognition of LGBTQ people worldwide. At an intimate gathering at Mr. Purple, the rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side in Manhattan, Variety’s cover stars and luminaries gathered for cocktails and the unveiling [...]

  • WWE

    WWE and PP Sports Extend China Partnership

    WWE and PP Sports have signed a new multi-year agreement that will keep WWE programming airing live in Mandarin in China. In the past three years of the partnership, PP Sports has delivered more than 300 episodes of WWE programming. PP Sports will offer “Raw,” “Smackdown” and the WWE Network as a subscription VOD service [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content