or


[01/12/11 - 02:46 PM]
Discovery Communications Names Eileen O'Neill Group President, Discovery and TLC Networks, as Part of Overall U.S. Networks Restructuring
"Eileen is a home-grown Discovery talent with a 21-year track record of success that is nothing short of astounding," said CEO David Zaslav.

[via press release from Discovery]

Discovery Communications Names Eileen O'Neill Group President, Discovery and TLC Networks, as Part of Overall U.S. Networks Restructuring

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 12, 2011 -- Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today named Eileen O'Neill to the newly created position of Group President, Discovery and TLC Networks. The expanded role overseeing Discovery's two U.S. flagships was part of a larger restructuring of Discovery's U.S. networks announced by Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav.

"Eileen is a home-grown Discovery talent with a 21-year track record of success that is nothing short of astounding," said Zaslav. "Each network she led has been infused with creativity, innovation and content that breaks through the clutter of the television landscape. Most recently, her big, bold swings at TLC have transformed that network and driven it into the top 10 for women with an incredible 31 series averaging more than 1 million viewers in 2010. We're so proud and privileged to have Eileen at this company and I am confident her leadership will drive our biggest engines � Discovery Channel and TLC � to even greater success."

Discovery Channel President and General Manager Clark Bunting will report to O'Neill, as will TLC Chief Operating Officer Edward Sabin, who is serving as interim General Manager of TLC.

As President and General Manager of TLC since 2008, O'Neill led the network to some of the highest ratings in its history. Hit programs developed during her tenure include JON & KATE PLUS 8, 19 KIDS AND COUNTING, SISTER WIVES and SARAH PALIN'S ALASKA, as well as perennial viewer favorites CAKE BOSS and SAY YES TO THE DRESS. Prior to TLC, O'Neill oversaw the launch of Planet Green and served as General Manager of Discovery Health, where she drove the network to record ratings in all day-parts, with popular series including MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS and DR. G MEDICAL EXAMINER. O'Neill joined Discovery Communications as an intern while working toward her graduate degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University.

At Discovery Channel, Bunting has guided the network to record ratings for SHARK WEEK and the epic series LIFE, and oversaw DEADLIEST CATCH's strongest season ever. Other strong performing series on the network include DUAL SURVIVAL; AUCTION KINGS; MAN, WOMAN, WILD; and, most recently, GOLD RUSH: ALASKA, which is the number one new series on Friday nights.

Also announced today was the promotion of Marjorie Kaplan to President, Animal Planet and Science Networks. Science Channel General Manager Debbie Myers will report to Kaplan.

Since taking charge as President and General Manager of Animal Planet in 2007, Kaplan has dramatically repositioned the network into a more adult-focused, competitive brand and created multiple successful new franchise shows, including the two highest-rated series in the network's history, WHALE WARS and RIVER MONSTERS, delivering 1.3 million and 1.5 million viewers, respectively. Since its rebrand, Animal Planet has experienced 28% delivery growth. It finished 2010 with the best yearly performance ever among key demographics and was a top 30 cable network.

At Science Channel, Myers has launched more than 20 new series and delivered eight straight quarters of viewership growth. 2010 was the network's most-watched year to date, highlighted by the special, PUNKIN CHUNKIN, which delivered the highest HH rating in network history, and THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN, which was the network's highest-rated series ever.

Finally, Henry Schleiff, President and General Manager of Investigation Discovery (ID) and Military Networks, will assume new responsibilities for Discovery's Emerging Networks, Planet Green and FitTV, with Laura Michalchyshyn, President and General Manager, reporting to him while the company determines the strongest creative strategy for these networks to realize their full growth potential in the future.

Since joining Discovery in 2009, Schleiff has catapulted ID into a top 25 network in cable on many nights with hit series like ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, which earned the channel its first ever 1 HH rating, and STOLEN VOICES, BURIED SECRETS, which this past Monday became the highest-rated telecast in ID history garnering a 1.61 HH rating and 1.46 million viewers. Under Schleiff's leadership, ID is now the fastest-growing network in cable for both audience growth and distribution.

"Both Marjorie and Henry are outstanding creative executives with a proven knack for developing compelling characters and stories that resonate with viewers. I look forward to them bringing this same innovative and energetic approach to strengthen and grow our other U.S. brands," said Zaslav.

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.





  [january 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[12/16/17 - 08:26 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Dramas Hold Off Competition
The Eye edges NBC in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/15/17 - 12:44 PM]
Final Season of Netflix Original Series "Love" to Premiere March 9, 2018
"I am really excited about the third season of 'Love.' I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way," said series co-creator and executive producer Judd Apatow.

[12/15/17 - 12:21 PM]
TLC's Beloved Series "Say Yes to the Dress" Returns for Its Sixteenth Season, Airing on Saturday Nights Beginning January 6 at 8/7c!
The Saturday night celebration will culminate in a new, two-hour special event featuring TLC's "Four Weddings," airing at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/15/17 - 12:18 PM]
USA Locks February 27 10/9c Premiere Date for "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G."
The anthology series chronicles the dual police investigations of Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) into the controversial murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Wavyy Jonez).

[12/15/17 - 10:57 AM]
Performers and Co-Host Announced for "FOX's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square," Airing Sunday, Dec. 31 on FOX!
The celebration will air live from iconic Times Square in New York with an epic countdown to 2018, featuring views of the Times Square Ball as it drops to ring in the New Year.

[12/15/17 - 10:54 AM]
"Titans" Releases First Image of Hawk & Dove
The Hawk and Dove suits were designed by renowned costume designer Laura Jean Shannon.

[12/15/17 - 09:03 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases New Drama "The Chi" for Early Sampling
The pay channel is releasing the pilot today, ahead of its on-air debut Sunday, January 7 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/15/17 - 09:02 AM]
ABC Sets "Once Upon a Time" Premiere Date Following Winter Break
Following tonight's fall finale, look for new episodes beginning Friday, March 2.

[12/15/17 - 08:35 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Thursday Night Football" Keep Demo Crown
The Peacock tops the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched broadcaster.

[12/15/17 - 07:12 AM]
Go Behind the Scenes of Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment on the Two-Hour Special "Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story," Thursday, December 28, on FOX
Originally released on iTunes earlier this year, the film explores the passion and personalities behind Bad Boy Entertainment.

[12/15/17 - 06:30 AM]
CBS Announces "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy(R) Salute" Concert
The special will be broadcast later in 2018 on the CBS Television Network.

[12/15/17 - 05:36 AM]
"Roseanne" Returns to ABC with All-New Episodes in a Special Hour-Long Premiere, Tuesday, March 27
"Roseanne" will air in its regular time slot, 8:00-8:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, April 3, followed by "The Middle," which will move to 8:30 p.m.

[12/14/17 - 01:11 PM]
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Announce "DC in D.C."
Events will take place Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, at the Newseum, and will culminate with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series "Black Lightning."

[12/14/17 - 12:57 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Celebrates the Pol-Idays with "The 12 Days of Dr. Pol" Marathon
The marathon continues through the new season, which premieres Saturday, January 6 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/14/17 - 12:30 PM]
Nickelodeon's New Original Animated Series, "The Adventures of Kid Danger," to Debut Friday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 P.M. (ET/PT)
The original "Henry Danger" live-action cast will continue their roles, now as voice talent, on the brand-new animated series.