Matthew Kelly has been appointed to the role of Vice President of Development and Production for Discovery Channel. He will report to Dolores Gavin, Executive Vice President of Development and Production.
Kelly has served in a variety of roles within Discovery Communications. Most recently he was Senior Director of Development for Discovery Channel where he developed programming including Discovery’s currently highest-rated series, Gold Rush, as well as popular series Jungle Gold and Yukon Men. He also developed and co-executive produced Amish Mafia – Discovery’s best series launch in network’s history among key network demos including Persons and Men 25-54, P/M 18-49 and P/M 18-34. Earlier, he was Director of Development at Science Channel and worked on signature hits including Oddities, How the Universe Works and Monster Bug Wars. Before joining Science Channel, Kelly was Manager of Development for Discovery Channel where he developed such series as Man, Woman, Wild and Surviving the Cut.
Before joining Discovery, Kelly was an editor for Journey Films, Inc. and worked on the company’s first theatrical documentary, Bonhoeffer, which earned numerous awards and honors including the Gabriel Award for Best Documentary, the Silver Screen Award the U.S. Film and Video Festival, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival Best Documentary Award and Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival – to name a few.