CNBC Names Denise Contis Head of Primetime Content

She will report directly to CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman – read his internal memo to staff here

Last Updated: September 16, 2019 @ 12:57 PM

Denise Contis has been named executive vice president and head of primetime content at CNBC. Formerly Discovery Channel’s senior EVP of development and production, she will report directly to CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman in her new role.

Contis will be responsible for CNBC’s primetime content, production and development. She starts working out of the CNBC’s New York office on Tuesday, and divide her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she resides.

“Denise has a demonstrated track record of building global brands and franchise hits,” Hoffman said in a memo to staff Monday. “She spent many years at Discovery Communications holding a number of leadership positions from 2008 to 2017.  Most recently, Denise served as Senior Executive Vice President of Development & Production for the US & UK managing the delivery of 500+ hours of original programming annually including such hits as ‘Gold Rush,’ ‘Deadliest Catch,’ ‘Fast N’ Loud,’ ‘Alaskan Bush People,’ ‘Street Outlaws,’ ‘Diesel Brothers,’ and the Emmy-nominated ‘Naked and Afraid ‘franchise which broke network records.  Denise first joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as Vice President, Production and Development, West Coast for TLC where she developed and oversaw Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which was the most-watched show in the network’s history.”

See Hoffman’s memo to staff announcing Contis’ appointment in full below.

I am very pleased to announce that Denise Contis will join CNBC as Executive Vice President and Head of Content for Primetime, reporting to me.  In this role, Denise will be responsible for CNBC’s primetime content, production and development.

A sincere thank you to Christian Barcellos for his leadership and support throughout these past few months.

Denise has a demonstrated track record of building global brands and franchise hits.  She spent many years at Discovery Communications holding a number of leadership positions from 2008 to 2017.  Most recently, Denise served as Senior Executive Vice President of Development & Production for the US & UK managing the delivery of 500+ hours of original programming annually including such hits as Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch, Fast N’ Loud, Alaskan Bush People, Street Outlaws, Diesel Brothers, and the Emmy-nominated Naked and Afraid franchise which broke network records. Denise first joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as Vice President, Production and Development, West Coast for TLC where she developed and oversaw Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which was the most-watched show in the network’s history.

Prior to Discovery Communications, Denise served as Senior Vice President, Programming for A. Smith and Company, launched her own media company TUK Media, and was a programming consultant for Lifetime.

Since leaving Discovery in 2017, Denise has been advising and consulting broadcast and digital media companies on all aspects of content/branding including business strategy and marketing.  She also provided market insights and recommendations to private equity and venture capital firms as they considered various investment and M&A opportunities.

Denise is a four-time Emmy nominee, a recipient of a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and recognized by Cablefax as one of the most powerful women in cable.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.  Denise will currently divide her time between New York and Los Angeles where she resides.

Denise will be in the New York office tomorrow and will start immediately.

Please join me in welcoming Denise to CNBC.

Mark

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