JB Perrette
Courtesy of Discovery Networks
United States
2020

Discovery Networks International

JB
Perrette

President / CEO

A former chief digital officer and ex-NBCU exec, Perrette’s oversight has led Discovery’s international arm to comprise about 40% of the network. Perrette has overseen numerous high-profile deals, including the acquisition of Eurosport in 2015 and the subsequent agreement with the IOC to make Discovery and Eurosport home to the Olympic Games across Europe. He is behind a D2C push in key territories, with streamer Dplay now in 10 markets, Discovery Plus launched in India in March and a partnership with ProSiebenSat.1 for new German platform Joyn. Perrette was instrumental in Discovery’s COVID-19 response, learning from early hard-hit markets such as China and Italy. While advertising took a hit, the media giant’s unscripted focus has allowed it to get new content on the air quickly.

Career

  • Discovery Networks International
  • NBCUniversal
  • General Electric

Education

  • Hamilton College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Discovery Networks International President Extends Contract Through 2019

Discovery Networks International President Extends Contract Through 2019

Discovery Networks International president JB Perrette has extended his contract with the company through June 2019.The deal calls for the London-based exec to earn a base salary of $1.6 million, in addition to bonuses and stock grants. The new pact, disclosed Thursday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, replaces the contract set in January 2014 when Perrette was promoted to his current post.Perrette joined Discovery as chief digital officer in 2011, after 11 years with NBCUniversal. He is a...

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