Discovery Communications has named Michael Lang (pictured) to the newly created role of executive VP of international development and digital.
In the job, Lang, president of Lang Media Group, will drive corporate development at Discovery Networks International (DNI) with oversight of the strategy and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and other equity-related transactions and third-party partnerships.
Additionally, Lang will work with the international management team to bolster the division’s overall digital approach while augmenting its existing initiatives, including Eurosport Player, Dplay and Discovery K!ds Play.
Scheduled to join the company’s London offices in April, Lang will report to Bruce Campbell, chief development, distribution and legal officer; and Jean-Briac Perrette, president of DNI.
As president of Lang Media Group, an advisory and sponsor equity firm, Lang helped the California-based FilmTrack, a rights management software company, raise $30 million in capital, while overseeing the sale of exhibition basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters and video game developer Foundation 9.
Prior to launching the firm, Lang served in a number of executive roles including CEO of Miramax, where he secured licensing deals with international TV and digital buyers; and executive VP of business development at Fox Entertainment, where he helped to launch the SVOD platform Hulu and acquire the social networking platform MySpace. He also served in corporate and operating roles at The Walt Disney Company.
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