Kasia Kieli


Discovery restructures EMEA team

Discovery Communications is changing the structure of its EMEA business, after naming Susanna Dinnage as global president for Animal Planet in November. The move will see Discovery consolidate business units that were previously split into the UK, Nordics, Southern Europe and CEEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa). Discovery believes that one […]

Discovery hands digital chief control of Nordics

Discovery Networks International has upped Michael Lang, its UK-based corporate development and digital chief and the former CEO of movie studio Miramax, to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics. Lang, who will report to Discovery Networks International president and CEO J.B. Perrette in his new role, will be responsible for leading the overall business […]

Gibbons lands new role at Discovery

Discovery has appointed James Gibbons to a new role overseeing its commercial and creative efforts in Africa and the CEE and Middle East. As executive VP, head of product and business development, CEEMEA, Gibbons will work across Discovery brands, generating new partnerships and consumer offerings. Gibbons, a 20-year Discovery veteran, was previously executive VP & […]

Discovery sub-licenses Olympics to ORF

Discovery has inked a deal with ORF that sees the Austrian pubcaster sub-license Olympics TV rights from the US channels giant. Discovery snagged European rights to the Olympics between 2018-2024 in a US$1.45 billion deal last year. It has since been striking deals with free-to-air channels, including the BBC in the UK, for the rights. […]

Discovery buys Turkish net, agrees strategic deal

Discovery Communications has agreed a strategic relationship with Turkey’s Doğuş Media Group to increase its portfolio to 13 channels and strengthen its ad sales offer. The deal includes acquiring Doğuş-owned news and entertainment channel CNBC-e, marking Discovery’s first move into Turkish free-to-air broadcasting. The agreement follows a period of growth for Discovery in the Turkish market, […]

Scripps poaches Luff from Discovery to run EMEA

Lifestyle channels operator Scripps Networks Interactive has brought in Discovery executive Phillip Luff to run its EMEA business. As managing director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, Luff will replace Jon Sichel, who is returning to the US to take a newly-created commercial role. Luff (left) joins from Discovery where he was most recently running the […]

News brief: Discovery names new CFO for CEE, Mid East

Discovery Networks has appointed a new CFO for its Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa business. Rafal Ogrodnik will join Discovery on February 1, 2014, and be based at the firm’s Warsaw office. He’ll report into Discovery Networks International’s executive VP and CFO Doug Baker and CEEMEA president and managing director Kasia Kieli.

Discovery goes Turbo in Turkey

Pay TV operator Discovery has launched new HD channels including a new brand – Discovery Turbo Xtra HD – in Central and Eastern Europe. Discovery Turbo Xtra HD launches today on the D-Smart platform in Turkey and Orange Romania’s recently launched TV service. The channel’s programming focuses on male-focused areas of interest including cars, engineering […]

Management shake-up at Discovery

Discovery Networks has rejigged several senior management positions with Phillip Luff taking a new position, James Gibbons relocating to take a new UK-based role and Egor Borisov leaving the channel operator. As part of the shake-up James Gibbons will replace Phillip Luff as country manager for emerging business and work out of Discovery’s UK hub. […]