Marc Etkind is General Manager of Science Channel. In this capacity he oversees all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing, brand strategy and day-to-day operations for the network. Etkind is based in New York.
Etkind earlier served as general manager for Destination America where he was responsible for the development and production of network content, logo and branding, marketing, and digital assets. During his tenure, Etkind launched brand defining content that included BBQ Pitmasters, Railroad Alaska, United States of Bacon, and the Buying franchise, including Buying Hawaii. Under Etkind’s direction the network was launched in 2011 and by 3Q15 grew 80%.
Earlier, Etkind was Vice President of Development for Animal Planet, responsible for bringing new series and specials to the network while supervising the development and production of concepts to green light. He helped set network development strategy and identified writers and talent necessary to develop new characters and programming that included Pit Bulls and Parolees, the Dogs 101 franchise and Blood Dolphins, the three-part miniseries spotlighting the plight of dolphins worldwide.
Before joining Discovery, Etkind was with History where he developed key programming such as The Man Who Predicted 9/11 and the award-winning documentary, Ape To Man. Etkind earlier founded Pinball Productions and was a producer for the multiple Emmy-Award nominated series, Discover Magazine, and This Week in History. Earlier he served as a producer, writer, researcher and director with Chedd-Angier for PBS programming that included Frontline, Scientific American Frontiers with Alan Alda and two math series, Against All Odds and In Simplest Terms. Additionally, he created scientific exhibits for the Museum of Science Industry in Chicago.
Etkind earned his BA in Biology from Brown University and served as a researcher at The Falkner Island Tern Project for U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Mount Desert Island (MDI) Biological Laboratory and Yale School of Medicine. He is married to Dixie Ching, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Communication and Technology program at NYU.