Promotions for two vets at Discovery


Discovery Communications has named Clark Bunting president of its newly created Emerging Networks group, while Carole Tomko has been upped to take over Bunting's role as president of Discovery Studios.

Bunting will lead the programming, marketing, scheduling, development and online efforts for Science Channel, Investigation Discovery and Military Channel, while Tomko will oversee the company's network programming and theatrical arm, adding to her duties as GM of Discovery Health Channel, FitTV and Discovery Kids Channel.

As head of Discovery Studios, Bunting recently oversaw the 2008 Sundance award winner "Man on Wire." Before that, the 22-year company veteran was executive vp at Discovery U.S. Networks Group, where he oversaw Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, the Science Channel and FitTV.

Bunting has been executive vp and GM of Discovery Channel, where he launched such series as "American Chopper," "Mythbusters" and "Monster Garage"; played a key role in the launch of Animal Planet; and created Discovery Channel's long-running "Shark Week" programming stunt.

Bunting will report to Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav.

"Clark launched and built several of Discovery's largest and most successful networks, and he is the ideal creative executive to fully unlock the potential of these high-quality brands," Zaslav said.

Tomko joined the company in 1990 as an executive producer at Discovery Channel and TLC. In 1996, she joined Animal Planet, eventually becoming vp production and development at the network.

She worked her way up the ranks to become GM and senior vp of FitTV, where she oversaw its relaunch, and executive vp at Discovery Studios, where she oversaw development, production and shortform repackaging for a range of properties, including original series and Discovery Films' theatrical productions.

She reports to Discovery Communications COO Mark Hollinger.

Said Zaslav: "(Tomko) has the talent and energy to take on more bandwidth, and her business acumen and programming creativity are perfectly matched for this new dual role."

Meanwhile, Discovery Health Channel is set to become OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network next year. A search for a CEO continues.