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Marc Etkind to Head Science Channel

Destination America general manager Marc Etkind has been named general manager of Science Channel, continuing the repositioning of Discovery Communications-owned network executives under Discovery head Rich Ross.

Etkind, who helped launch Destination America, will now oversee day-to-day operations for Science Channel, effectively replacing former Science general manger Rita Mullin who recently left the company.

Etkind will report to Discovery Channel president Rich Ross, who last month added oversight of Animal Planet and Science Channel.

“Marc has a strong record of programming successes and a fascinating background in science,” said Ross. “He has an instinct for what audiences want to watch and is well positioned to lead Science Channel.”

Jane Latman will take over Etkind’s spot as general manager of Destination America, adding to her role as senior vice president of development at Investigation Discovery. Latman, who will oversee the development, production, programming and marketing of the growing network, will continue to report to Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.  

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