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Chris Rantamaki

Director of Series Operations

Discovery Channel

Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Discovery Channel, responsible for executing production strategies as well as further expanding and diversifying Discovery’s slate and acquisitions.

Before joining Discovery Chanel in 2015, Rantamaki served as Senior Vice President of Original Series at Spike TV. His contributions there helped Spike TV grow to become the most watched channel of the Viacom Media Networks in 2014. Rantamaki’s extensive unscripted experience includes developing Spike TV’s highest-rated series, “Ink Master,” as well as a successful portfolio of series including “Bar Rescue,” which had its highest-rated season ever, along with “Catch A Contractor,” “Tattoo Nightmares,” and “Tattoo Nightmares:  Miami.” He also worked on the upcoming financial unscripted series “Family Takeover.”

Prior to his tenure with Spike TV, Rantamaki spent four years at Discovery Channel where he served as Vice President of Production. He oversaw series includingPITCHMENand two seasons ofTHE COLONY.  He also has producing credits working for more than 15 years on a variety of reality staples including TLC’s “Miami Ink” and “A Dating Story” as well as Fox’s “Ambush Makeover.”

Rantamaki is based in Discovery Channel’s offices in Los Angeles. 

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