Nicolas Bonard appointed MD of Discovery Channel France

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 11-07-2012

Discovery Networks Western Europe has promoted chief financial officer Yitz Shmulewitz to COO, while Discovery Enterprises International’s Nicolas Bonard has been given an expanded role.

Yitz Shmulewitz will work with Dee Forbes, president and managing director, on business development and growth opportunities.

Currently senior VP of Discovery Enterprises International, Nicolas Bonard, has been appointed general manager of Discovery Channel France.

Over the last two years Discovery’s Western Europe business has grown with the launch of three free-to-air channels in Italy and Spain, while DNI’s female lifestyle brand TLC has rolled out in a number of markets, including Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Discovery also took a 20% stake into Televista, the company behind French pay-TV female lifestyle channel Vivolta.

Reopening a French bureau, Nicolas Bonard will have to strengthen Discovery’s assets on the French market.