Discovery Consolidates Program Production


Revamping its program-production structure, Discovery Networks U.S. will centralize operations under the leadership of company veteran Clark Bunting.

Whereas the programmer’s various services each previously had its own production team, the reorganized setup will place all production assets, staff and resources under one roof. A Discovery spokeswoman said that under this more cost-effective approach, various teams, focusing on different genres of programming, would be assembled and charged with producing shows that would be made for the various networks.

As president of Discovery Networks U.S. production, Bunting, a 20-year company veteran, will head a leadership team that includes Steve Burns as executive vice president of production and chief science editor and Carole Tomko, now executive VP of production.

The spokeswoman said the three executives are still mapping out strategies and sorting through organizational issues, and there were no “immediate head-count implications” on the production side.

The centralization, though, will result in additional responsibilities for the company’s general managers.

Discovery Channel GM Jane Root will also oversee Military Channel and The Science Channel, which Burns previously led. Discovery Health Channel GM Eileen O’Neill will also assume that title for FitTV, which Tomko formerly led. Elsewhere, TLC GM David Abraham is now also in charge of Discovery Home, while Travel GM Patrick Younge adds Discovery HD Theater to his responsibilities.