Marc Etkind is General Manager of Science Channel. In this capacity he oversees all aspects of development, production, brand strategy and day-to-day operations for the network. Marc is based in New York.
During Marc’s tenure at the helm of Science Channel, the network achieved its highest ratings ever—for four consecutive years. This growth has been driven by the strong performance of series like Mysteries of the Abandoned, Unearthed, How The Universe Works and the reboot of the iconic robot fighting series BattleBots. Marc has also helped bring Adam Savage back to the network with a new series, MythBusters Jr., in which he mentors six brilliant kids in the art of blowing stuff up and crushing cars.
Marc previously served as general manager for Destination America, launching the network with brand defining content including BBQ Pitmasters, Railroad Alaska, Mountain Monsters, United States of Bacon, and Buying Hawaii.
Earlier, Marc was Vice President of Development for Animal Planet. He helped set network development strategy and launched brand defining content including Pit Bulls and Parolees, Finding Bigfoot, the Dogs 101 franchise and Blood Dolphins, the three-part miniseries spotlighting the plight of dolphins worldwide.
Before joining Discovery, Marc was with History where he developed key programming such as The Man Who Predicted 9/11 and the award-winning documentary, Ape To Man. Marc earlier founded Pinball Productions and was a producer for the multiple Emmy-Award nominated series Discover Magazine, as well as This Week in History and the iconic Moonshiners, Rumrunners and Bootleggers. He also served as a producer, writer, researcher and director with Chedd-Angier for PBS programming that included Frontline, NOVA, 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.
Marc 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.