EVP Development & Production, TLC / GM, Discovery Life Channel
Howard Lee is the Executive Vice President, Development & Production for TLC and General Manager of Discovery Life. In 2015, President Nancy Daniels expanded Lee’s role to General Manager of Discovery Life and to oversee TLC’s entire production and development programming slate, originating from the Los Angeles, New York and Silver Spring, MD offices. A Discovery veteran, he joined TLC in 2008.
Lee has helped strengthen TLC’s continued success as the #1 destination for pop culture buzz and reality docu-drama hits. He has creatively launched tent-pole lasting franchises such as 90 Day Fiancé, Sister Wives, Breaking Amish, Cake Boss, Long Island Medium, Extreme Couponing, My Giant Life, Counting On and My Big Fat Fabulous Life. He has also served as TLC’s Executive Producer from season one onwards for the popular hits The Little Couple and Toddlers & Tiaras.
During the past year, Lee has overseen over 500+ hours of original series and programming with his development and production team, including ongoing audience favorites such as Emmy-winning Who Do You Think You Are?, Long Lost Family, I Am Jazz, My 600lb Life, Skin Tight, Say Yes to the Dress, Outdaughtered and Kate Plus Eight. Lee oversaw the final season of Jon & Kate Plus Eight, which shattered cable records in ratings.
In addition to the network’s brand-defining reality series, Lee along with TLC President Nancy Daniels, spearheaded TLC’s move into scripted this year in an unprecedented partnership with Tyler Perry and corporate cousin OWN. TLC’s first scripted series, Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home, reached 4.2 million viewers in its premiere airings in August 2016 and was immediately renewed for another season slated for early 2017. 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, he was the Vice President of Development for the Travel Channel.
Lee received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Television.