President of Turner Networks, ID & HLN, Linear & Streaming
Warner Bros. Discovery
Jason Sarlanis is President of Turner Networks, ID & HLN, Linear and Streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery where he oversees programming development, production, content strategy and operations across TNT, TBS, TruTv, ID and HLN as well as a slate of true crime originals on MAX and discovery+.
Appointed to the role of President of ID in July 2021, Sarlanis has delivered breakout hits that spark national conversation including House of Hammer, The Price of Glee, Jared From Subway: Catching A Monster, The Playboy Murders and The Curious Case of Natalia Grace. He also launched an expansive content partnership with Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer and signed filmmaker Michael Bay to executive produce a new true crime docuseries. In 2022, ID topped the list of networks that producers most like to work with according to NPACT - the trade association for non-fiction companies in the U.S. Additionally, in honor of domestic violence awareness month, Sarlanis architected the network’s inaugural “No Excuse for Abuse” campaign in which ID partners with nonprofits to raise awareness and provide resources for survivors.
A skilled storyteller with a strong ability to create buzzy pop culture moments Sarlanis's role was expanded to include oversight of TNT, TBS, TruTV and HLN in December 2022. TNT's hotly anticipated scripted action thriller The Lazarus Project recently premiered on TNT and reached nearly eight million total viewers after three nights of sneak peek airings and the official premiere on Sunday, June 4. The high impact drama currently ranks as the #3 new ad supported cable drama this year among people 25-54 and TNT and TBS are the #1 and #2 prime entertainment networks in cable television to date among people 25-54.
Sarlanis joined Discovery, Inc. in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Development at TLC. He led development on all original programming for the TLC linear network as well as love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for discovery+. In his tenure, Sarlanis was responsible for procuring breakout hits which led TLC to become the #1 primetime cable network for women in 2020. Sarlanis spearheaded the expansion of the 90 Day Fiancé universe with ratings juggernauts The Other Way, Pillow Talk, Darcey & Stacey and The Family Chantel and championed streaming series Bares All, Love Games and The Single Life. Other brand-defining programs launched under his tenure include hit series sMothered, I Love a Mama’s Boy, Extreme Sisters as well as family docusoaps Welcome to Plathville, I Am Shauna Rae, 1000-lb Sisters and Doubling Down with the Derricos.
Prior to joining Discovery, Sarlanis worked for a variety of other global media companies including tenures at ABC, Ryan Seacrest Productions and E!. He developed and provided creative oversight on the Keeping Up with the Kardashian family of shows as well as other hit formats like Fashion Police, The Soup, Chelsea Lately, ABC’s To Tell The Truth and Battlebots.