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Clare Laycock


Clare leads Content across linear channels and SVOD, covering Commissioning, Programming and Media Planning at Warner Bros. Discovery in the UK & Ireland.  

Previously, she held a dual role at Discovery UK & Ireland; firstly overseeing the Programme Planning and Consumer Insights team across Discovery’s portfolio of linear channels and non-linear products; and secondly leading on Entertainment and Lifestyle Content Commissioning for the portfolio. 

Recent titles commissioned by Clare that include 90 Day Fiance UK, Beauty and The Geek UK, Written in The Stars, multiple Faking It Specials and the highly successful ‘vs’ franchise including Johnny vs Amber: The US Trial, Vardy Vs Rooney: The Wagatha Trial and Jamie vs Britney: The Father Daughter Trials.  In 2023 we look forward to season 2 of the reality hit 90 Day Fiance UK as well as a reboot of Say Yes to the Dress with new host Tan France. 

During her time at Discovery, Clare led the company’s lifestyle and entertainment channels – free-to-air networks Really, Quest Red, Food Network, and HGTV and pay television channels TLC and ID - to record growth.  

Under her leadership, the UK versions of the super-franchise Say Yes to the Dress became must-watch for TLC viewers, along with Curvy Brides Boutique, Vicky Pattison: The Break Up, and many more. On Quest Red, Katie Price: My Crazy Life and The Nolans go Cruising became returning franchises, while top lifestyle talent such as Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Junior and Sarah Beeny became key faces for Food Network and HGTV. 

Clare joined Discovery in 2014 from UKTV where she was General Manager of Lifestyle Channels. Prior to this, she was Head of Campaigns for BBC Learning and held various roles at Discovery including VP & Channel Director, Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Kids.