Discovery Communications announces BRUCE CAMPBELL as president, digital media emerging networks and business development
--Clint Stinchcomb Named Executive Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Emerging Networks Group --
(Silver Spring, MD.) – Bruce Campbell has been named President, Digital Media, Emerging Networks and Business Development for Discovery Communications, announced President and CEO David Zaslav, to whom he will report. Campbell is currently Executive Vice President of Business Development, NBC Universal.
Campbell will oversee worldwide business development activities for Discovery Communications including acquisitions, joint ventures and all major business transactions. Among Campbell’s responsibilities will be leading Discovery’s New Media operations including the development of new distribution platforms for Discovery’s original content, the creation of digital media extensions for the company’s stable of brands, and overseeing Discovery’s new media services.
As part of today’s announcement, Discovery veteran Clint Stinchcomb has also been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Emerging Networks Group, consisting of Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Times Channel, The Military Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery on Demand, Discovery Mobile and Turbo. Stinchcomb will report to Campbell.
“Bruce is one of the most strategic dealmakers in the media industry. Through his extensive involvement with NBC’s cable assets and his instinctive ability for business development, Bruce has a long history of creating shareholder value,” said Zaslav. “This is a key operating role for Discovery and Bruce’s leadership skills and business acumen will be critical to further developing our new media activities into a key growth engine for the company"
At NBC Universal, Campbell has served as Executive Vice President, Business Development since October 2005. In this capacity, he has been responsible for strategic planning and the company’s U.S. and international acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and portfolio investments. Campbell has played an integral role in all of NBC Universal’s major acquisitions over the last six years, including Telemundo in 2002 ($2.7B), Vivendi Universal Entertainment in 2004 ($14B) and iVillage in 2006 ($600MM).
Campbell joined NBC in 1997 as Corporate and Transactions Counsel (1997-2000), rising to Vice President of Business Development (2000-2002) and Senior Vice President of Business Development (2002-2005). Prior to joining NBC, Campbell was a lawyer at the Los Angeles firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. Campbell has served on the Boards of Directors for the A&E Television Networks, National Geographic International, Universal Orlando Theme Parks and MSNBC.com. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
In his new role as the head of the Discovery Emerging Networks group, Stinchcomb adds three networks to his portfolio. Discovery’s leadership in the 1990s yielded a suite of emerging networks, each now in roughly 45 million U.S. homes and boasting significant original content and strong consumer brands.
“Clint’s expertise in leading the launches and ongoing operations of Discovery HD Theater, Discovery on Demand, Discovery Mobile and the company’s first wave of new media products makes him the ideal choice to also lead the next phase of growth for Discovery Times Channel, The Military Channel and Discovery Home Channel,” Zaslav added. “His creative passion and entrepreneurial drive will increase the value of these networks for our sponsors, distributors and shareholders. He and Bruce will make a terrific team in growing these valuable brands.”
Stinchcomb most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of HDTV and New Media, responsible for all programming, production, development and operations for Discovery HD Theater, and new media operations and partnerships for Discovery’s other platform businesses including mobile, wireless, satellite radio and video on demand.
Previously, Stinchcomb held a number of key positions within Discovery’s affiliate sales division. He served as Vice President, New Media, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, where he was responsible for the positioning, sales and marketing of Discovery Networks new media offerings, including Discovery HD Theater. Stinchcomb was also Vice President of National Accounts, where he was responsible for the affiliate sales, marketing and promotional efforts designed to enhance distribution of the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and Discovery Health Channel. Stinchcomb joined the company in 1992 as part of TLC’s affiliate sales and marketing group. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
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