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Discovery Communications has promoted Rita Mullin to general manager of Science Channel, effective June 2.
Mullin previously oversaw all program development at corporate sibling OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, where she held the title of executive vp programming and development. In her new position, Mullin will report to Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity group president Eileen O’Neill.
“Rita has a passion for storytelling that is the core to the Science Channel audience,” O’Neill said. “With nearly 20 years of nonfiction television experience, she has an innate curiosity that will drive the Science Channel to the next level.”
“I am excited to call myself the newest member of the Science Channel team. I want to ignite people’s passions with the stories we have to share,” Mullin said. “Science is now. We want to capitalize on people’s curiosity for the unknown with thought-provoking programming, bold talent and out-of-this-world entertainment.”
Mullin replaces general manager and executive vp Debbie Adler Myers, who is leaving the company.
“Discovery has been extremely proud to have two talented creatives like Rita and Debbie in charge of building fantastic content slates and brands across our family of networks,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications. “Debbie helped make science fun, inspiring and fascinating for viewers and helped to strengthen Discovery’s worldwide content engine. Rita’s track record of success across networks has proven her ability to nourish viewers’ curiosity across multiple genres. Many thanks to Debbie for her passionate leadership and commitment to Discovery for the past nine years, and heartfelt congratulations to Rita, who is well positioned to lead Science Channel through its next phase of meteoric growth.”
While serving as executive vp at OWN, Mullin played a key role in such series as Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, Six Little McGhees, Our America With Lisa Ling and Life With La Toya.
“Rita joined our team in 2012 on loan from our Discovery partners and has been instrumental in shepherding some of the network’s most popular programs, helping to establish Saturday nights as destination viewing for the network. From Raising Whitley to Deion’s Family Playbook, Rita has a keen eye for developing compelling docuseries and finding fresh new talent. We will always be grateful to Rita for coming out to the West Coast and being such a valuable addition to the OWN family. She’ll be a spectacular GM for Science Channel,” said Sheri Salata, president of OWN and Harpo,.
Mullin previously was senior vp content strategy for Discovery Fit & Health and also has helped launch series at TLC and Discovery Health Channel. With 18 years of experience at Discovery, she has background in managing programming, production, development, and marketing and communications.
Mullin also serves on the board of directors of CINE and as a member of the Documentary Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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