Angela Shapiro-Mathes out at TLC

Discovery veteran Eileen O'Neill to replace her

Angela Shapiro-Mathes is exiting the top job at Discovery Communications-owned cable network TLC after just 15 months in the post.

Sources indicated the parent company was unhappy with the creative direction of the network.

Discovery announced her departure Friday, replacing her with Eileen O'Neill, a Discovery veteran who most recently ran one of the company's newest networks, Planet Green.

In her brief tenure as president and general manager of TLC, Shapiro-Mathes shifted the network's programming operations from Discovery headquarters in Maryland to Los Angeles; landed the "Miss America" franchise, and brought in talent including Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Lopez. However, the network has not produced a breakout series during Shapiro-Mathes' reign.

"My thanks to Angela for her hard work, leadership and passion over the past year," said David Zaslav, president/CEO of Discovery. "She has diversified TLC's programming mix and increased the network's development presence in Los Angeles."

However, sources indicated Discovery will likely shift some resources back to its HQ in Silver Springs in order to regain efficiencies that come with having multiple channels under one roof. TLC will still retain a reduced footprint in Los Angeles, but O'Neill will remain in Maryland.

O'Neill is a logical choice for TLC having served as interim GM before Shapiro-Mathes came on board. She also developed what is TLC's top-rated series, "Jon and Kate Plus 8," at the channel where the series was originally scheduled, Discovery Health.

With O'Neill moving away from Planet Green, the environmentally conscious channel will now be run by Clark Bunting, president of emerging networks at Discovery.

Shapiro-Mathes joined TLC in April 2007, replacing David Abraham after a broad management shakeup at Discovery topped by the installment of Zaslav.

She is a TV-industry veteran with past stints running Fox Television Studios, ABC Family and ABC Daytime.
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