AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION EXECUTIVE SIMON ANDREAE NAMED WEST COAST SVP OF DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL
(Silver Spring, MD) � Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and President of Science Channel, today announced that Simon Andreae has been named Senior Vice President of Development and Production, based in Los Angeles, CA. He will start on June 1.
In this newly created post, Andreae will be responsible for leading the Discovery's West Coast development and production of series and specials that contribute to the strategic vision and direction of the network. As a key member of Discovery's senior management team, he will work closely with Bunting and Stephen Reverend, Discovery's East Coast SVP of Development and Production.
Andreae most recently served as Co-President of The Incubator, the multi-award-winning independent production company behind such projects as the BANFF World TV Festival and New York Festival-winner In the Womb (with Pioneer Productions for National Geographic), Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (with Revelations Entertainment for Science Channel), Science of Sex Appeal (Discovery Channel), Strange Rituals (History), My Shocking Story (TLC), and Jilted (WEtv). The Incubator will continue to operate under existing President Lisa Andreae.
"Simon is one of the most highly regarded executives in the unscripted space," said Bunting. "His razor-sharp programming acumen has produced some of the most cutting-edge and engaging nonfiction programming in the world."
"While I will miss the incredible team at the Incubator, I am truly excited to join the Discovery team and help cement its position as the world's leading nonfiction network," says Andreae.
Prior the The Incubator, Andreae served as Head of Science and Education at Channel Four in the UK, where he oversaw more than 100 hours of programming each year. Under his leadership, the division received its highest ratings in 22 years, as well as awards including a BAFTA and Emmys�. Andreae started his career as founding partner of UK indie Optomen Television, today one of the UK's largest and most respected nonfiction production companies.
About Discovery Channel Discovery Channel 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 is distributed to 100.1 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 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: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 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, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green 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.