Chief Development, Distribution & Legal Officer
Bruce Campbell oversees the following business areas for Discovery Communications on a global basis: corporate development, including strategic planning and all M&A activity; all legal affairs, serving as the chief legal advisor to the company’s management and board of directors; business affairs; production management and the company’s production studios. He also is responsible for oversight of the company’s $1.4B Domestic Distribution business and the Discovery Education division.
In his corporate development role, Campbell has led the origination and execution of many of the company’s most significant transactions, including the acquisitions of SBS Nordic and Eurosport; the acquisitions of UK production houses betty and Raw, as well as All3Media, operated in joint-venture with Liberty Global; the acquisition of a minority stake in Lionsgate; and, previously, negotiated Discovery’s joint venture with Oprah Winfrey for OWN. Most recently, he led the $100 million investment and strategic partnership to form digital content holding company Group Nine Media, and worked in partnership with Discovery Networks International to complete a landmark agreement with the International Olympic Committee for the exclusive European broadcast rights to the 2018-2024 games.
Before joining Discovery in 2007, Campbell was Executive Vice President, Business Development, for NBC Universal, where he was responsible for strategic planning and corporate transactions. He also represented NBCU on a number of boards, including A&E TV Networks, National Geographic Channel International, MSNBC.com and the Universal Orlando Theme Parks.
Campbell played an integral role in a series of NBCU acquisitions, including Telemundo in 2002 and Vivendi Universal Entertainment in 2004. Immediately prior to leaving NBCU, Campbell represented the company in negotiating the online video joint venture with News Corp that became Hulu.
Campbell began his career with the Los Angeles law firm, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. He holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Campbell currently serves on the board of the Archaeological Institute of America. He and his wife, Cannon, live in Westchester County, NY, with their five daughters.