SUZANNE KOLB NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER, DISCOVERY DIGITAL NETWORKS
January 25, 2016
Los Angeles and San Francisco – Discovery Communications announces today that veteran content and marketing executive Suzanne Kolb has been named Executive Vice President & General Manager, Discovery Digital Networks. Effective immediately, Kolb will oversee the company’s award-winning portfolio of 70+ web-native brands and series, original digital development, Discovery VR and social partnerships.
“We are very fortunate to have Suzanne leading Discovery Digital Networks – networks that engage millennials and offer meaningful opportunities for advertisers and partners wanting to reach them,” said Karen Leever, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Digital Media, to whom Kolb reports. “She is an accomplished entertainment executive and content champion, and I look forward to seeing DDN thrive under her leadership.”
“I love building culturally relevant, young adult content brands and businesses, and I am thrilled to join such a talented team to do just that at Discovery Digital Networks,” said Kolb. “Discovery Digital Networks offers some of the highest quality and most engaging content in digital today, and I see no limit to its potential to become the next great portfolio of brands within the Discovery family.”
Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Kolb was President of E! Entertainment where she oversaw the global pop culture brand's ongoing growth across platforms. Under her leadership, E! evolved to a more topical, trendsetting destination, with year-round original programming in more than 160 countries and a thriving digital presence. While at E!, Kolb launched hit franchises Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Chelsea Lately, Botched and Total Divas and greenlit the network's first original scripted series, The Royals. Kolb joined E! in 2005 as Senior Vice President, Marketing for E! Networks, was subsequently elevated to Chief Marketing Officer for E! & Style and General Manager of E! Online and later became President of Marketing, News and Online for E! and The Style Network.
Earlier in her career, Kolb served as Executive Vice President of Marketing at The WB Television Network. During her time at The WB, she developed groundbreaking marketing campaigns and advertising partnerships for signature series such as Dawson's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Gilmore Girls and Pokémon. Kolb started her career in New York at Grey Entertainment as an account and creative executive.
She will split her time between Discovery’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
Discovery Digital Networks is Discovery Communications’ portfolio of brands creating premium, non-fiction digital content for the next generation. DDN’s online video networks and robust lineup of original programming generate more than 200 million monthly streams and have won top industry honors – including multiple Streamy Awards and a Shorty Award – informing, entertaining and inspiring today’s connected audiences across platforms.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. For 30 years Discovery has been satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and through the Discovery Digital Networks portfolio, including TestTube, Seeker and SourceFed. Discovery owns Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.