President & General Manager
Nancy Daniels is Executive Vice President of Production and Development for Discovery Channel. Based in Los Angeles, Daniels joined the channel in 2011 and oversees all execution for the network’s programming, including such long running series as Deadliest Catch and American Chopper, and newer hits Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, Fast n’ Loud andDevils Ride. Daniels shifted to Discovery Channel from its sister network, TLC, where she served as the SVP of Production and Development since August 2008. While at TLC, Daniels oversaw the launch of such new diverse hits as Sister Wives, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Cake Boss, the Policewomen franchise and Four Weddings. At the same time, she guided the strength and resurgence of TLC’s long running hits What Not to Wear, American Chopper (now back under her purview at Discovery Channel), Say Yes to the Dress, and LA Ink.
Previously, Daniels served as Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Discovery Studios—West Coast since July 2007. As a full-service production house, Discovery Studios develops and produces original programming in any format for any platform, including multi-part series, documentaries, and short form pieces. While at Discovery Studios, Daniels managed development and production for all programming out of the LA branch, and supervised key programs for networks such as TLC, Planet Green, Discovery Health Channel, and Science Channel.
Prior to Discovery Studios, Daniels was at CBS where she served as Vice President of Alternative Series Development since 2003. In this role, she worked on CBS’s key reality properties including Survivor, multiple Emmy Award winner The Amazing Race, Big Brother, Rock Star and others. Before CBS, Daniels had a nine-year career as a producer in the independent television community and worked at high-profile independent production companies including Allison Grodner Productions, Arnold Shapiro Productions, Pie Town Productions, and Film Garden Entertainment. In these roles, she produced series for CBS, MTV, TLC, The Food Network, HGTV, Women’s Entertainment (WE), and others.
Daniels has a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Management from Ithaca College in upstate New York. Originally from Connecticut, she now lives in Studio City, California with her husband and two sons.
Speaking at: So You Think You Can Pitch?; 30 MINS WITH Nancy Daniels, Discovery Channel