Business and legal executive Janell Coles-English joined Wheelhouse Entertainment in January 2021. Based in Los Angeles, Coles-English oversees all aspects of business and legal affairs for Wheelhouse’s dynamic content companies across unscripted, scripted, features, live, podcast and digital platforms. She is also responsible for forming Spoke Studios’ first in-house business and legal affairs department.
Prior to joining Wheelhouse, Coles-English served in a variety of legal roles during a 20+ year tenure with Discovery Inc., supporting business and legal operations for Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and others across New York, Los Angeles, London and Discovery’s former Silver Spring, MD headquarters. Most recently, she led Discovery’s global consumer products and program sales legal teams, and headed business and legal operations for Discovery’s full-scale, in-house production company, Discovery Studios.
Coles-English began her legal career as an associate for the Washington, DC based communications law practice at Mintz Levin, where she represented TBS and Cartoon Network among other media clients. She is a proud supporter of Howard University where she earned both her undergraduate and law degrees.