Sameel Osuri

While overseeing financial and strategic planning for two of Discovery’s highest-profile business units—the flagship network and the Domestic Distribution team—Osuri played a pivotal role in Discovery’s affiliate renewal negotiations, striking comprehensive agreements with Comcast and SVOD distributors alike, securing carriage of the company’s 13 domestic networks. He also handles finances for Discovery Education, which serves more than 30 million students around the world. As for diversity in cable, Osuri says, “We’ve come a long way organizationally, but only scratching the surface on-screen.” Of current series’ diversity efforts, he says, “Plenty embrace it, I think the challenge is embracing it in an organic and compelling way. I’ll go all the way back to ‘The Wire’ as an example where diversity enriched a story without becoming the story.”

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