Discovery taps AMC veteran to grow sports streaming business in Europe

Eurosport Digital is getting ready to deliver exclusive digital access to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo across much of Europe. (Olympic.org)

Discovery, Inc. is hiring Paul Rehrig as general manager of Eurosport Digital, the company’s direct-to-consumer business unit in Europe.

Rehrig is coming over from AMC Networks, where he served for nearly eight years as executive vice president of digital and business development and helped grow the company’s digital partnerships and direct-to-consumer subscription businesses including Acorn TV and Shudder. At Discovery he’ll be tasked with growing Eurosport’s suite of direct-to-consumer product, including the Eurosport App, Eurosport Player and Eurosport.com.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a distinguished leader with a proven record of launching and running successful direct-to-consumer businesses and products globally. Paul is the perfect fit to lead our outstanding Eurosport Digital team as we focus on building products that sports fans love. As we look to the exciting opportunities ahead, Paul will ensure Eurosport delivers the immersive multi-screen products and experiences that are essential for powering people’s passions and engaging targeted global communities around sport,” said Peter Faricy, CEO of global direct-to-consumer at Discovery, in a statement.

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“I have been hugely impressed by how Eurosport has become a digital pioneer and leader in sports under Discovery’s leadership. Serving sports fans with programming and content across Europe is a significant responsibility and I’m thrilled to lead such a world-class team. There is a massive opportunity to enhance and expand Eurosport’s digital product experiences and innovate in myriad ways that more deeply engage fans and build audiences and subscribers across the region,” said Rehrig in a statement.

Rehrig joins Discovery as Eurosport Digital is getting ready to deliver exclusive digital access to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo across much of Europe. The service also offers more than 2,500 hours of live cycling, every court of every tennis Grand Slam in more than 33 markets, and every major World Championship and World Cup event during the winter sports season.

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