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Bruce Campbell

Chief Development, Distribution & Legal Officer

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Bruce Campbell oversees the following business areas for Discovery Communications:

  • Corporate Development, including strategic planning and all global M&A activity
  • Domestic Distribution, representing $1.6B in revenue from U.S. linear & digital/OTT distributors
  • Global Legal Affairs
  • Business Affairs & Production Management, including the Company’s owned & operated production studios
  • The Discovery Education division

In his Corporate Development role, Campbell has led the origination and execution of the company’s most important acquisitions, including Scripps Networks Interactive ($14.6B, closing pending), SBS Nordics ($1.7B) and Eurosport ($1.1B), as well as significant investments in digital content holding company, Group Nine Media (37%), Lionsgate (minority stake), and UK production company, All3Media (50%).

Campbell has also negotiated many of Discovery’s joint ventures, including OWN, a 50/50 venture with Oprah Winfrey; the Velocity/MotorTrend digital media & production company with The Enthusiast Network; and the Discovery Family network with Hasbro.

Before joining Discovery in 2007, Campbell was Executive Vice President, Business Development, for NBC Universal, where he was responsible for strategic planning and corporate transactions. He also represented NBCU on a number of boards, including A&E TV Networks, National Geographic Channel International, MSNBC.com and the Universal Orlando Theme Parks.

Campbell played an integral role in a series of NBCU acquisitions, including Telemundo in 2002 and Vivendi Universal Entertainment in 2004. Immediately prior to leaving NBCU, Campbell represented the company in negotiating the online video joint venture with News Corp that became Hulu.

Campbell began his career with the Los Angeles law firm, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. He holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Campbell currently serves on the boards of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Center for Communication. He and his wife, Cannon, live in Westchester County, NY, with their five daughters.