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Rich Ross serves as Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity, and oversees all creative and brand strategy, development, production, marketing and day-to-day operations for all three networks. During his tenure, Discovery set records in a wide range of demos including millennials, core viewers, women, kids, and families, most recently in 2015 as Discovery delivered its best summer on record. Before joining Discovery, Ross served as CEO of Shine America, where he drove the ongoing commercial strategy of US operations. He oversaw all aspects of production, distribution and marketing of original programming across broadcast, cable and digital platforms, including such programs as MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX) and Peabody Award-winning The Bridge (FX). Prior to joining Shine America, Ross had a successful career at The Walt Disney Company from 1996 to 2012, most recently in the role as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios from 2009-2012, where he oversaw worldwide production, distribution and marketing for the company’s range of live-action and feature-animated film labels, including Walt Disney, Disney-Pixar and Marvel, and worked with leading filmmakers and focused on branded content.
He holds a JD from Fordham University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Among his industry and philanthropic affiliations, Ross serves on the Board of Trustees for AFI and on the Board of Directors of the Fulfillment Fund.