A 24-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Mark Hollinger most recently served as president and CEO for Discovery Networks International (DNI), resigning his role in 2014. During his tenure, Hollinger oversaw the strategic development and daily operations of a division that distributed 44 entertainment brands in 45 languages. These brands reached more than 1.6 billion subscribers in 224 countries and territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
In 2012 and 2013, Hollinger oversaw the expansion of Discovery’s international operations with the acquisitions of Fatafeat, the #1 food network in the Middle East, and Switchover Media in Italy, making Discovery the third-largest broadcaster in the country. Hollinger also oversaw the largest transaction in Discovery’s history – the acquisition of SBS Nordics, a top-three portfolio of television brands across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Hollinger also helped to engineer the acquisition of a controlling stake in Eurosport, a top destination for live sporting action for viewers across Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Hollinger joined Discovery in 1991 as vice president and deputy general counsel. In 1994, he was named acting general manager for Discovery Channel Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he was responsible for overseeing and coordinating all activities related to the operation and launch of the flagship network in Asia.
In 1995, Hollinger was appointed vice president, International Business Development in addition to his role as vice president, deputy general counsel. He became Discovery’s general counsel in 1996. He was appointed chief operating officer of the company in 2008 and then president and CEO of DNI in 2009.
Before joining Discovery, Hollinger was a senior associate in the entertainment department of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. He also lectured on entertainment law at Columbia Law School. Hollinger received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude)in history and political science from Colgate University.
He also currently serves as a member of the board of Corus Entertainment, a Canadian media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.