Discovery Communications has named Donna D'Alessandro as its senior vice president of programming for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. In her new role, D'Alessandro will oversee day-to-day program strategy for both networks, coordinating across all departments to create and conceptualise series, specials, franchises and initiatives for domestic telecast while leveraging those for all business opportunities.
D'Alessandro previously served as vice president of programming for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. During her tenure over both networks, Discovery delivered its highest rated quarter ever in 1Q17 among Adults 25-54.
“Donna is a gifted strategist and her unique vision and programming expertise have proven invaluable to our brands. I look forward to her continued success as a member of our senior leadership teams,” said Michael Greco, executive vice president of programming and research, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.
Patrice Andrews, general manager of Animal Planet, said: “Animal Planet is thrilled for Donna’s promotion. She has raised the bar for our channel as she continues to find creative ways to get attention for our programming.”
Before joining Discovery, D'Alessandro was vice president of programming and strategy at BET Networks and earlier she served as director of program planning at Bravo. D'Alessandro earned her Master of Business Administration from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University. She has also completed the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard University.