Cable News Network veteran Vivian Schiller Wednesday was named general
manager of Discovery Civilization Channel, which is jointly owned by Discovery
Communications Inc. and The New York Times Co.
Schiller, who has been responsible for long-form programming at CNN, will
join Discovery Civilization in the early summer. She will be based in Bethesda,
Md., but will also spend time in Manhattan working with Times management.
Last month, The Times paid $100 million for a 50 percent stake in Discovery
Civilization. The publishing company and DCI unveiled plans to jointly develop
and relaunch the network.
'Vivian's powerful background in documentary production and news perfectly
mirrors the partnership that Discovery Communications and The Times Co. have
created with our joint venture,' Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a
Schiller, 40, is a 14-year veteran of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
Since 1999, she has been senior vice president of CNN Productions, leading
long-form programming efforts. She oversaw the cross-divisional rollout of
marquee shows such as Cold War.Prior to that, Schiller worked for
Schiller's appointment comes on the heels of DCI naming broadcast veteran
Billy Campbell as president of Discovery Networks U.S.