OWN Development EVP Rita Mullin Named Science Channel GM

An 18-year Discovery Communications veteran, Mullin will start in her new role in June

Science Channel has named Rita Mullin its new general manager.

Effective June 2, Mullin will replace former general manager and executive vice president of Science Channel, Debbie Adler Myers, who had spent six years with the cable channel.

Mullin has worked at Discovery Communications for 18 years. Most recently, she served as the executive vice president of programming and development at OWN.

“Rita has a passion for storytelling that is the core to the Science Channel audience,” said Discovery Channel’s Science and Velocity group president, Eileen O’Neill. “With nearly 20 years of non-fiction television experience, she has an innate curiosity that will drive the Science Channel to the next level.”

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Mullin added, “I am excited to call myself the newest member of the Science Channel team. I want to ignite people’s passions with the stories we have to share,” says Mullin. “Science is now. We want to capitalize on people’s curiosity for the unknown with thought-provoking programming, bold talent and out-of-this-world entertainment.”

At OWN, Mullin’s projects included “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” “Six Little McGhees,” “Our America with Lisa Ling,” and “Life with La Toya.”

“Rita joined our team in 2012 on loan from our Discovery partners and has been instrumental in shepherding some of the network’s most popular programs, helping to establish Saturday nights as destination viewing for the network,” OWN and Harpo president, Sheri Salata, said.

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She continued, “From ‘Raising Whitley’ to ‘Deion’s Family Playbook,’ Rita has a keen eye for developing compelling docu-series and finding fresh new talent. We will always be grateful to Rita for coming out to the west coast and being such a valuable addition to the OWN family. She’ll be a spectacular GM for Science Channel.”

Before OWN, Mullin served as the senior vice president of content strategy for Discovery Fit & Health. She has also headed development at TLC and Discovery Health Channel.

Projects she was responsible for developing include “Long Island Medium,” “Sister Wives” and “The Little Couple,” “Jon & Kate Plus 8” and “Dr. G: Medical Examiner.”