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Advisory Board Members
Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel American Heroes Channel and Destination America
Henry S. Schleiff is Group President of the Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America portfolio, which are part of Discovery Communications, Inc., the largest producer and distributor of non-scripted programming in the world. Schleiff oversees the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications and online efforts for all five networks. Known for revitalizing and strengthening brands, Schleiff’s portfolio features some of the fastest growing networks in television both in the U.S. and around the world.
Under Schleiff’s leadership, Investigation Discovery (ID), whose mission is to provide original programming that informs, entertains and inspires, has grown from the #50 cable network to a top five brand for women and the #1 network in all of television for audience engagement.
From 2006-2009, Schleiff was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. Under his leadership, Hallmark Channel became a top 10 ranked network and Hallmark Movie Channel became one of the strongest emerging networks in the industry at that time.
From 1998- 2006, Schleiff was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Court TV Network. Under Schleiff’s stewardship, the crime and justice network became one of the most successful basic cable channels in the industry, growing to more than 85 million subscribers and leading cable networks in Prime Time ratings.
Previously, Schleiff held executive positions at Studios, USA, Viacom International Inc and HBO. He began his career as a law clerk for a United States District Court Judge before joining law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Schleiff serves on the Board of Directors of The U.S. Fund for UNICEF as well as boards for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; Help USA; The International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS); The Creative Coalition; The Hamptons International Film Festival; and the Dean’s Council of the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, among others.