20-year Discovery veteran Howard Lee is President and General Manager for TLC and Discovery Life. In this role, Lee oversees all aspects of the network’s programming, production, development, multiplatform, communications and marketing in the US. Since joining the TLC brand in 2008, Lee has served in increasingly senior creative positions, most recently as Executive Vice President, Development & Production for TLC and General Manager of Discovery Life. Overseeing TLC’s entire development and programming slate, Lee has played a vital role in strengthening the network’s female audience growth (+12% in primetime and total day in 2017), and pop culture buzz. Lee developed “90 Day Fiancé” and its spinoffs, and has launched tent-pole franchises such as “Cake Boss,” “Sister Wives,” “Long Island Medium,” “Four Weddings” and “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.”
In the past year alone, Lee has overseen more than 500 hours of original series and programming, including ongoing audience favorites such as Emmy-nominated “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Little People Big World,” “Long Lost Family,” “I am Jazz,” “My 600lb Life,” “Say Yes To The Dress” and its franchises, “Outdaughtered” and “Kate Plus Eight.” Lee and team also have spearheaded unprecedented live television, most notably developing the four-night live television event “This is Life Live,” which made TLC a top five primetime network for all four consecutive nights among women aged 25-54. Lee is currently overseeing the anticipated revival of the network’s nostalgia hit series “Trading Spaces” in April 2018.
Previously, Lee served as Vice President of Development and Production for the 2007 launch of Planet Green, originating 200 hours of new programming. Prior to Planet Green, Lee was Vice President of Development for the Travel Channel. Lee received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Television.