Lee Bartlett

Lee Bartlett leaving Discovery

Discovery Studios boss Lee Bartlett is leaving the company. Bartlett has been at Discovery for five years and will exit the US-listed channel operator later this year. Broadcast broke the news and Discovery confirmed Bartlett’s imminent departure. The Discovery exec joined the company in 2010, soon after exiting his London-based role as boss of ITV […]

Betty founder leaving after 14 years

Liz Warner is leaving Discovery Communications-owned producer Betty 14 years after she founded the business. She exits in April and her CEO position will not be replaced, with senior management now reporting into creative director Neil Smith. A director of programmes will additionally be hired. Four years ago, Warner sold Betty to Discovery in what […]

Core’s Graboff resurfaces at Discovery

Ex-Core Media Group president Marc Graboff has joined pay TV giant Discovery Communications. Graboff (pictured left) will be president, global business and legal affairs, production management and studios – a role that includes the duties of former Discovery Studios chief Eileen O’Neill, whose exit was revealed last month. Among Graboff’s duties are day-to-day management of […]

O’Neill exits global Discovery Studios post

Eileen O’Neill is leaving Discovery Studios just half a year after she was named as its global group president. O’Neill, who is credited with expanding the scope and scale of Discovery Communications’ flagship female-skewed brand TLC, will leave her post on May 1 – exactly 25 years after she joined the company. The news comes […]

Discovery inks programming pact with Gipsy Sisters EP

Discovery Studios, the in-house production arm of pay TV giant Discovery, has scored a deal to develop and produce programming with reality exec Shauna Thomas. She is best known to Discovery network execs as executive producer for the past three seasons of TLC’s Gipsy Sisters, and has also worked on WEtv’s L.A. Hair, TruTV’s Hulk […]

O’Neill gets global Discovery role, All3 board seat

Eileen O’Neill has been promoted to global group president of Discovery Studios, and is set join All3Media’s board as a reult. This hands her control of Discovery Communications’ worldwide production arm, its international producers Raw TV and Betty, and in-house production divisions. O’Neill was previously group president of Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity. To […]

Discovery buys Gold Rush prodco Raw

Discovery Communications has acquired Raw, the UK production firm that makes Discovery’s hit series Gold Rush. US-listed Discovery has previously bought UK prodco Betty. It said the Raw deal would strengthen its programming pipeline and help its continuing effort to generate more content from outside the US. It added that Raw will continue to operate autonomously. […]

Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]