Discovery hires HuffPo video chief

Discovery Digital Networks has hired the senior VP and general manager of video at online publisher The Huffington Post.

Nathan BrownNathan Brown (pictured) has joined Suzanne Kolb’s team as SVP, development and operations.

This comes just before Discovery moves its existing online brands – DNews, TestTube, Seeker Stories, Revision3 – under one umbrella, Seeker.

At the HuffPo, Brown was responsible for all areas of global video, TV and film, including development, production, programming, distribution and monetisation.

At Discovery Digital Networks, which generates around 300 million monthly streams across its platforms, Brown will have business strategy, audience growth and operational responsibilities.

“Nathan is a strong, innovative executive with an intimate knowledge of digital audiences and a proven track record of growing digital businesses,” said Kolb, who joined Discovery Digital Networks as executive VP and general manager last year after leaving E! Entertainment.

Brown will be based in San Francisco. His hire follows that of DirecTV exec Karen Leever in October last year, who works on the Discovery Digital Networks and Discovery VR brands.