Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette
President, Discovery Networks International
As President of Discovery Networks International, JB Perrette oversees the strategic development and daily operations for a division that distributes 46 entertainment brands, in 45 languages, to more than 1.6 billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
Since joining Discovery in October 2011, Perrette has built best-in-class digital and technology organizations, helping to establish Discovery’s industry-leading presence in the digital media field. In his former role as Chief Digital Officer, Perrette guided Discovery into becoming a leading provider of high-quality nonfiction media across all screens. Perrette and his team led the successful acquisitions of Revision3 and DeFranco Creative, strategic investments in Lumosity and Learnist, the launches of digital/online networks Animalist and TestTube. Additionally, Perrette oversaw the implementation of innovative live online experiences such as SKYWIRE LIVE, the highest performing online live event and most social program in the company’s history, and Animal Planet L!VE, a 24/7 digital network, featuring more than 20 live animal cams, making Discovery the first major non-sports brand to launch a 24/7, live digital experience.
Prior to joining Discovery, Perrette spent 11 years with NBCUniversal, most recently serving as President, Digital and Affiliate Distribution and Content Distribution Strategy, leading North American distribution of television and film content across digital platforms. He coordinated NBCU’s overall content distribution strategy, and was responsible for NBC’s broadcast network distribution. He also helped launch new digital channels Sleuth, Chiller and Universal HD and played a leadership role in developing the industry-leading digital venture, Hulu. Perrette’s previous roles at NBC Universal included President of Affiliate Distribution, CFO of NBC Universal Cable, CFO of Bravo Media, and VP of NBC Business Development. Before joining NBC in 2000, Perrette was a member of GE’s top leadership development program (GE Audit Staff), and at CS First Boston in London and Tokyo.
Perrette’s industry and civic commitments have included being on the board of A&E Television Networks, Hulu, the Peacock Equity Fund, and Citizen Schools New York, a non-profit devoted to expanding the learning day for middle school students in low-income communities. For his numerous industry accomplishments, Perrette was named to the Hollywood Reporter’s 2010 and 2009 “Digital Power 50” List, CableFAX Magazine’s 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 “Digital Hot List” and Multichannel News' “40 Under 40.”
Perrette received his B.A. from Hamilton College and currently resides in New York City with his wife, Amy, and their two children. He will relocate to London later this year.