Rachel Brenner serves as a senior member of the content strategy team for Discovery's true crime originals and the preeminent true crime television destination, Investigation Discovery. Brenner is primarily charged with creating and conceptualizing series, specials, stunts, requests for proposals and other programming initiatives in the genres of true-crime, mysteries, and investigations for both the linear channel and the company’s new direct-to-consumer offering, discovery+.
Since joining ID in 2013, Brenner has been responsible for developing successful projects with unique, exclusive access such as Dead North, Murder in the Bayou and Village of the Damned, many new and returning series such as Betrayed, Murder Tapes, Crimes That Changed Us, and numerous yet-to-be announced ID series. Recently, Brenner has worked on feeding the true crime pipeline at the company’s streaming offering, developing projects such as Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard, American Cartel, and When Philip Met Missy. Brenner has also been challenged with invigorating ID’s tried and true content on discovery+, and developed a show with one of ID’s most popular talent with The Deadly Type With Candice Delong.
Brenner joined Discovery in 2012 as a member of the development team where she supervised the Military Channel’s acquisition and original content pipelines. In 2014, she supported the successful rebrand of Military Channel to American Heroes Channel, which led to AHC’s best year ever in prime and total day, and in 2016, was named one of Cablefax’s Overachievers Under 30 for 2016. In 2018, in addition to joining the Travel Channel team to develop new paranormal shows, Brenner standardized the greenlight process for Discovery Inc. globally & directed the creation and implementation of that process for Travel Channel to provide prompt feedback and quality customer service to their production partners. Most recently, Brenner was a member of the coproduction and acquisitions team for discovery+ where she evaluated across the many genres within the Discovery Inc portfolio.
Prior to Discovery, Brenner was employed by the NBC Page Program in New York, where she worked in production, as a PA for The Suze Orman Show and Sportsbiz: Game on, and talent management for CNBC. Brenner is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.