Dolores Gavin Promoted to Vice President of Development for Discovery Channel
(Silver Spring, Md.) Discovery Channel and Science Channel today announced the promotion of Dolores Gavin to Vice President of Development for Discovery Channel. She is based at Discovery Channel's Silver Spring headquarters and reports to Stephen Reverand, Senior Vice President of Development and Production, East Coast for Discovery Channel.
In her new position, Gavin oversees development, working closely with the creative community to deliver the highest quality non-fiction content for the flagship network. She joined Discovery Channel in February as Senior Director of Development.
"Dolores naturally brings her own brand of creative energy to the development process," said Stephen Reverand. "She also has a keen eye for projects that work for the Discovery audience. We have every expectation that our next string of hits will be developed under her leadership."
Gavin previously was Vice President of Development and Programming at History Channel. In that role, she oversaw a team of programmers responsible for many of the network's most successful series and specials. The series she developed and supervised include Ax Men, Cities of the Underworld, and Ice Road Truckers, one of the highest rated series in network history. She also developed History's three highest rated specials of all time - 102 Minutes that Changed America (which garnered 5.2 million total viewers, and earned three Emmys� in September 2009), The Lost Book of Nostradamus, and Life After People.
In 2005, Gavin developed and supervised Rome: Engineering an Empire, which earned two Primetime Emmy� awards for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special and Outstanding Editing. Gavin is the recipient of five Cine Awards, and was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy� in 2003 for the documentary The Day the Towers Fell. Her programs have earned over twenty Emmy� nominations in various categories. In 2008, she earned her second Emmy� for the special A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day.
Gavin began her career at DreamWorks SKG in Los Angeles, where she worked as a Coordinator in the Feature Development Division as well as a Supervisor in DreamWorks' Animation Division.
Gavin is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College. She received an M.A. in Media Management at The New School and holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.
About Discovery Channel
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About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.