Communications Contis oversees Discovery Channel’s series production and development offices nationally, a role that has helped the team score double-digit YOY growth and a record-breaking 2015. And it continues. May 2016 was the highest- rated in the network’s history. Most recently, she launched a hybrid new media unit to source fresh digital content and characters for a linear platform and created a Discovery development arm in London to source and cultivate content overseas. The biggest story in cable, according to Contis, is the massive viewership leading up to the Presidential election. “The televised debates have smashed linear and streaming viewership records,” she says.