David Lee is Vice President of Development and Production for Velocity, responsible for producing the network’s series, specials and live programming events and developing new content for the network.
Lee joined Discovery Communications, Inc. as Director of Development three months prior to the Velocity’s launch in October 2011. Since then he’s been instrumental in helping the network increase ratings two-fold among its target M25-54 demo. Also under his tenure, Velocity has an astounding strike rate of more than 90% of freshman series that are renewed for sophomore runs.
He is the lead executive producer for Barrett-Jackson Live, overseeing 100 hours of live programming each year for Velocity. In addition, Lee serves as the executive producer of several top series on Velocity including the network’s highest rated in Bitchin' Rides, the incredibly popular Fantomworks, Junkyard Empire and Unique Rides among others. Under his stewardship more than 90-percent of the freshman series on Velocity have earned another season.
Prior to joining Discovery Communications Lee served as Sr. Coordinating Producer, Remote Production for FOX-owned SPEED (previously Speedvision), overseeing all aspects of coverage for the network’s various live properties including NASCAR, Formula 1, Sportscars, Barrett-Jackson Auctions and others. In addition, he also held various roles in studio based and long form post productions.
Lee began his television career in the mailroom at ESPN after graduating from Castleton University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. Shortly following he was promoted at ESPN to the position of production assistant for Motorsports, and in 1995 joined Robert S. Scanlon to launch the new network Speedvision.
Lee is based out of Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. He resides in Potomac, Md. with his wife Elisabeth and their three sons.