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$DISCK said Kasia Kieli has been named President & Managing Director, EMEA, effective immediately. Marinella Soldi will take on an expanded role as Chief Strategy Officer EMEA & Managing Director. James Gibbons is appointed General Manager UK/Ireland, Australia & New Zealand and Head of Commercial Development EMEA.
$DISCK $DISCA promoted Elisa Freeman to EVP, Domestic & Canadian Distribution. Reporting to Eric Phillips, President, Domestic Distribution, Freeman will continue to play a pivotal role in the division’s content distribution strategy, negotiations and compliance with key distributors for Discovery's content portfolio of 13 U.S. networks.
$DISCA $DISCB $DISCK commenced an underwritten public offering of one or more series of senior fixed rate notes and senior floating rate notes. The Company intends to use the net proceeds to fund a portion of the cash consideration relating to the acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. and to pay related fees and expenses.
$DISCK announced the appointment of Fred Graver as SVP, Digital Content and Social for Discovery Digital. He will report to Karen Leever, EVP/General Manager, Digital Media. Graver most recently served as the Global Head of TV for Twitter.
Discovery Education, powered by $DISCA $DISCK, announced a renewal of its 17-year partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). This collaboration delivered almost 43MM digital learning objects from the award-winning Discovery Education Streaming service to teachers and students across the state.
On advertising business, $DISCA $DISCB $DISCK said that it didn't get help from Europe in the past 11 years. U.K. was affected by the flat GDP and Brexit had a meaningful impact on the company's performance. In Russia, $DISCA was one of the leading players and now it owns only 20%. $DISCA added that it is growing outside of the U.K. and Asia.
$DISCA $DISCB $DISCK said that it is building stronger relationships with $FB and Snapchat. The company's one minute videos have got over 4Bil views. $DISCA added that it is the number one or two video provider for news on Facebook. The company is experimenting with Facebook and Snapchat in different ways to monetize those videos.
$DISCK announced the appointment of Michael Bishara as SVP & General Manager, OTT & Digital Syndication. He will lead $DISCK's OTT initiatives as well as the digital businesses for VOD, Download to Own, Home Video and Short-Form Video Syndication. Mr. Bishara has previously worked with Synacor and Sentient Digital Consulting Group.