(Silver Spring, Md. ) Discovery Communications announced today the promotion of Eric Phillips to President, Domestic Distribution, effective immediately. An accomplished 10-year leader at Discovery, Phillips most recently served as Executive Vice President, Domestic Distribution for the company. Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO of Discovery Education and Strategic Distribution, made the announcement.
Continuing to report to Goodwyn, Phillips will lead day-to-day management of the Domestic Distribution division and oversee content distribution sales and marketing on behalf of Discovery's U.S. networks.
"Eric is a fantastic leader, and his contributions to Discovery over the past decade have been invaluable," said Goodwyn. "Eric will bring his deal acumen and deep understanding of the distribution marketplace to his role as president. I look forward to continuing to work with him to guide Discovery through our future affiliate landscape."
Since joining the company in 2002, Phillips has been responsible for negotiating carriage agreements with all of the top cable, satellite and telco distributors for Discovery's 14 U.S. networks as well as overseeing the business unit's budget, legal and financial compliance efforts and operations. In 2007, Phillips was promoted to executive vice president, Affiliate Distribution and chief operating officer of Discovery Education, where he led sales, strategic business development, budget and operations for the division. Prior to joining Discovery, Phillips worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling practicing corporate law. He also served as a law clerk for U.S. Federal Appeals Court Judge Diana E. Murphy and began his career on Capitol Hill as a Congressional aide.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 155 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.