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June 7, 2010

The Weather Channel Companies Names Jennifer Dangar Executive Vice President Of Distribution And Business Development

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) today named Jennifer Dangar executive vice president of distribution and business development.  Dangar will provide the strategic direction and leadership of TWCC 's distribution and business development efforts with cable, satellite and telecommunications operators and distributed content partners.  Dangar joins TWCC from Discovery Communications, where she was senior vice president of domestic distribution. 

Dangar, who will be based at TWCC's Atlanta headquarters and report to CEO Michael J Kelly, will join the company on July 12.  As part of her transition, she will work closely with Becky Powhatan Kelley, TWCC's current head of distribution, who recently announced her plans to retire on August 1.

"As the world's largest cross-platform media company, with a dominant position in mobile, web and availability in over 100 million homes, Jennifer will help our efforts to expand our relationships with our distribution partners across all our platforms in new and innovative ways," said Kelly.  "Her extensive experience, knowledge and longstanding relationships in the industry will make her a great addition to our senior executive team."

"Joining an organization like TWCC is a unique opportunity to be a part of a team that can bring a vast portfolio of cross platform content and unique opportunities to distribution partners," said Dangar.  "It is a brand that is synonymous with category leadership and I am excited about the chance to be involved with building on that success and seeking out new opportunities for growth and partnership."

As SVP of domestic distribution for Discovery Networks US, Dangar and her team oversaw all aspects of account management for the top distributors and were responsible for distribution of all new networks within the Discovery portfolio.  She oversaw new media distribution and was charged with negotiating agreements with affiliates and new entrants to gain widespread distribution for Discovery's non-linear video products when she rejoined Discovery in 2004.  Dangar returned to Discovery after five years with Turner Broadcasting, where she served as vice president of national accounts and strategic marketing.

Throughout her 20 plus year career in the industry, Dangar has been responsible for virtually all areas of affiliate management, including deal negotiation, sales management, marketing, new media, local ad sales and public affairs.  Early in her career she held positions at C-SPAN and Viewer's Choice (now In Demand).

Dangar has been active in industry groups including holding leadership roles with WICT, CAB and CTAM.  She has been recognized for her contributions to the industry, winning numerous WICT, CTAM Mark and CTPAA Beacon Awards.  She is also active in the Atlanta community with organizations including The High Museum, Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Dangar is a graduate of Tulane University, where she earned her BA in Ancient History and lives in Atlanta with her family.


About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.