[04/05/10 - 06:43 AM]
Discovery Channel Appoints Kevin Bennett to Senior Vice President of Programming
Bennett, who replaces Ken Schwab, will have direct responsibility for all aspects of Discovery Channel's programming.

[via press release from Discovery]


(Silver Spring, Md.) -- Discovery Channel today announced the appointment of Discovery Communications veteran Kevin Bennett to Senior Vice President of Programming, a key position on the flagship's senior leadership team. Beginning immediately, Bennett, who replaces Ken Schwab, will have direct responsibility for all aspects of Discovery Channel's programming, including the scheduling of all dayparts.

"Kevin's history with Discovery Communications and deep knowledge of our brands make him invaluable to both the company and to the network," said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and President of Science Channel, to whom Bennett will report.

In Bennett's new role at Discovery Channel, he will be responsible for planning, directing, and executing the programming strategy for the flagship brand. Working closely with Bunting, Bennett will create a development and overall strategic plan and direction for the network. He will have oversight of all programming activities, including program planning, scheduling and programming budgets. In addition, he will work closely with new media to further integrate the content on both platforms. Bennett will also partner with the network's Development team to guarantee that all content aligns with corporate and division strategies.

A 14-year programming and development veteran with Discovery Communications, Bennett has been instrumental in the development of three networks - Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Times Channel and ID. Under Bennett's programming direction, Investigation Discovery has experienced 18 consecutive months of year-over-year primetime gains among households since its launch making it the fastest-growing cable network among the coveted demographic of women, 25-54.

About Discovery Channel

DISCOVERY CHANNEL (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which reaches 98.1 million viewers in the US, can be seen in over 170 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

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