Former E! President Suzanne Kolb Lands at Discovery Digital Networks
Former E! president Suzanne Kolb has been hired by Discovery Communications to grow its digital brands and series.
Kolb on Monday was named executive vp and general manager of Discovery Digital Networks to oversee the company’s original digital development, Discovery VR and social media partnerships.
“We are very fortunate to have Suzanne leading Discovery Digital Networks — networks that engage Millennials and offer meaningful opportunities for advertisers and partners wanting to reach them,” said Karen Leever, executive vp and general manager of digital media, to whom Kolb will report.
Kolb left E! in September 2014 after a two-year stint atop the NBCUniversal cable network. While at E!, she launched such hit franchises as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Chelsea Lately, Botched and Total Divas and greenlighted the network’s first original scripted series, The Royals.
In her own statement, Kolb said she would focus on building young adult digital brands at Discovery.
"Discovery Digital Networks offers some of the highest quality and most engaging content in digital today, and I see no limit to its potential to become the next great portfolio of brands within the Discovery family,” she said.
Suzanne Kolb Joins Discovery Digital Networks As EVP & General Manager
Former E! president Suzanne Kolb has landed at Discovery where she’s been named EVP and General Manager, Discovery Digital Networks. Effective immediately, Kolb will oversee the company’s portfolio of 70+ web-native brands and series, original digital development, Discovery VR and social partnerships. Kolb will split her time between Discovery’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
“We are very fortunate to have Suzanne leading Discovery Digital Networks – networks that engage millennials and offer meaningful opportunities for advertisers and partners wanting to reach them,” said Karen Leever, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Digital Media, to whom Kolb reports. “She is an accomplished entertainment executive and content champion, and I look forward to seeing DDN thrive under her leadership.”
Kolb previously served as President of E! Entertainment, where she was responsible for such hit franchises as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Chelsea Lately, Botched and Total Divas. She also greenlit the network’s first original scripted series, The Royals. She had been with E! for 10 years when she exited in 2014. Earlier in her career, Kolb served as EVP of Marketing at The WB Television Network.