DAWN L. McCALL
Dawn L. McCall is a business leader experienced in establishing
and operating businesses in international markets. She founded
International Media & Entertainment Partners, LLC, an
international media consultancy in 2009. Her expertise in global
markets, industry knowledge and track record building successful
international businesses makes her a sought after adviser to
senior executives and industry watchers.
From 1996 to 2007 she was President, Discovery Networks
International, a division of Discovery Communications, a global
media company best known for its flagship Discovery Channel.
During her tenure as President, McCall established what today is
known as one of the most profitable and professionally staffed
- Expanding Discovery Networks International from a single channel operating in a handful of
western European countries to a portfolio of 19 television networks with a complement of
new media products, offered in 170 countries in 35 languages
- Growing the business to nearly $1 billion in gross revenue
- Delivering revenue growth (CAGR) of 27% from 1996 -- 2006
- Delivering operating cash flow growth (CAGR) of 46% from 1996 – 2006
- Crossing the $100 million OCF mark for the first time in 2005
- Bringing the Discovery Channel to profitability in all regions by 2002
As President of Discovery’s international business, McCall also served on the company’s six-
member executive committee responsible for running Discovery Communications. As a senior
executive, she sat on a number of boards overseeing joint-venture businesses with large global
media organizations including the BBC, Alliance Atlantis and Liberty Media.
Most recently, McCall returned to public service to lead the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of
International Information Programs, responsible for delivering communications products to
McCall began her career in international business when she was named Senior Vice President
and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Latin America in 1994. In this position, she
established Discovery’s business in Latin America through a series of acquisitions and product
launches. She also established the region’s first trade association representing television network
interests with the formation of TAP Latin America, where she also served as the organization’s first
Prior to leading Discovery’s push into international markets, McCall held several senior affiliate
sales positions for the company from 1987 to 1994. She began her career in the television
network business in 1981, working for the Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia.
McCall has also worked in the public sector, serving as Assistant Administrator, Public
Communications for the Small Business Administration during the Carter Administration.
An active member of her industry and community, McCall is a former board member of the
International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and winner of numerous professional
awards, including being recognized as one of the 20 most influential figures in the international
television business by industry trade publication TBI.
McCall holds a B.A. degree in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the Henry W.
Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.
International Media &
Entertainment Partners, LLC
international businesses among US-based media companies. As
the senior executive in charge of Discovery’s international
business, McCall managed a staff of 1,000 professionals
worldwide and oversaw all aspects of the business including new
business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing,
program production and operations.
Some of her accomplishments include: