Discovery Communications has appointed three senior executives to bolster its international digital media business.
Francis Keeling, a digital music executive is joining Discovery as senior vice president, international digital. Jay Trinidad, currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on the additional role of managing director, digital ventures, and Eugene Huang, has been appointed to the role of senior vice president, product and technology. All three roles report directly to Michael Lang, president of international development and digital.
In his role as SVP, international digital, Francis Keeling will be charged with creating new partnerships and business opportunities for Discovery to bring its content to consumers across every screen and service. This includes an active role in Discovery’s OTT initiatives, including the recently announced digital video joint venture in Germany with market leader ProSieben. Keeling also will help develop and launch new digital products tailored to meet the demands of Discovery’s ‘superfans’ across numerous content genres. He will be based in London.
Keeling was most recently the global head of licensing at Spotify where he defined and implemented a new licensing strategy for the world’s leading digital music service. Prior to Spotify, Keeling spent ten years at Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest record company where, as the global head of digital, he managed the transition from physical music sales to new digital formats including digital downloads, streaming and subscriptions.
As managing director of Discovery’s new digital ventures group based in Los Angeles, Jay Trinidad will focus on expanding Discovery’s brands and entertainment business into digital growth areas globally. Trinidad spent a decade at Google as one of its early hires, working across advertising, search, strategy, operations and products including Chrome, rising to head of consumer marketing for Asia Pacific. Trinidad will report into Lang for his new digital role, while continuing to report to Arthur Bastings, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific with respect to his on-going Northern Asia responsibilities.
In addition, Eugene Huang has joined Discovery as the new SVP product and technology where he will develop Discovery’s international products and services across multiple platforms. Huang comes to Discovery most recently from American Express, where he was VP strategy and planning, developing innovative payment systems and digital commerce opportunities.
Prior to AMEX, Huang held several senior government roles, including White House Fellow (President George W. Bush’s administration) and CTO, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the US Department of Treasury (President Barack Obama’s administration). He also served as secretary of technology for the State of Virginia (under Governor Mark Warner). Along with Keeling, he will be based in London.
Over the last year Discovery has accelerated its International digital activity significantly from its BAMTech Europe JV, double digit subscriber growth in its Eurosport Player streaming service, to the new OTT JV with ProSieben in Germany and the launch of Discovery and Eurosport channels with Amazon in the UK and most recently announced Eurosport on Amazon Germany.