Manager - Programming

Position Summary

Assists Programming department in developing and executing network programming strategies and overseeing completed program acquisitions.


1. Plan the quarterly schedule for daytime, weekend, and fringe, including strategic planning and creative use of inventory.
2. Actively participate in screening new programming for Discovery Channel and tracking performance.
3. Develop and execute program/audience research projects across all key dayparts and recommend schedule changes as needed.
4. Analyze and report on linear and digital competitive landscape for all of television as it relates to Network’s schedule.
5. Oversee maintenance and new development of performance tracking tools.
6. Manage the acquisitions process by corresponding with producers and distributers, logging and screening all submissions, and making recommendations to the VP of Programming.
7. Act as a liaison between scheduling and other departments to communicate schedule changes, review and approve delivery schedules, and field various requests for program information.
8. Review and approve listings information and some Press highlights before release.
9. Oversee monitoring and prevention of Network program overlap with other DCI nets.
10. Stay on top of key trade information to stay abreast of industry news.
11. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in related field
Three to five years of experience in television preferred, in addition to scheduling, research or operations experience.
Strong analytical and quantitative skills are a must.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Candidate should have a broad knowledge of the current and historical television landscape as well as a solid editorial sense for what works on non-fiction television.
Familiarity with Nielsen Ratings and audience tracking systems.
Must be able to prioritize workload, manage multiple tasks, and perform well within a highly active work group.
Proficiency with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
* Legal right to work in the U.S.

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