Quest is a 24/7 broadcast television network that entertains and informs its viewers with exhilarating adventure programming featuring nature's greatest dangers, history's greatest mysteries and man's greatest achievements.
Meet the Executive Team
Brian Weiss serves as President and General Manager of TEGNA's television networks Justice Network and Quest, overseeing all business functions.
Weiss joined Cooper Media to launch Justice Network in 2015, serving as Director of Distribution and later Vice President of Strategy and Distribution. In this capacity, Weiss helped grow Justice Network’s distribution to more than 75% of U.S. homes, and Quest’s carriage to more than 65% of U.S. homes in less than a year, with significant cable carriage. In 2019, the networks were acquired by TEGNA.
Previously, Weiss led business development and partnerships for the Washington Post, one of the nation’s flagship media properties. He began his career at Bloomberg, first as a producer and on-air correspondent for Bloomberg Television covering the intersection of Washington and Wall Street, and later in a business development and strategy role for Bloomberg Government.
Weiss studied Journalism at The George Washington University and also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from GW, as well as a Master’s of Communications from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Yang and their daughters Elliott and Sophie.
John Ford, Head of Programming for TEGNA's Quest and Justice Network, oversees all program acquisitions, production and scheduling for the networks. Ford's career spans more than thirty years in media, including senior executive positions at Discovery Communications, Inc., National Geographic Channel and in public television. Under his tenure, Ford's channels have earned numerous primetime and news and documentary Emmy awards and two Peabody Awards. Ford has been termed a "legendary" programmer by CableFax and honored by independent producers with their CINE Leadership Award.
Previously, Ford also formed Jfordmedia Consulting where he was recently the head of creative at SyncSense, applying neuroscience principles to short-form video to make it more effective in achieving engagement and audience ratings. Recent clients include TNT, Travel Channel, National Geographic Channel and ABC.
Ford has held various roles at Discovery Communications, including Co-Executive of PRoduction for the BBC/Discovery co-production "Life" while he was President and General MAnager of Discovery Channel US. He also served as the President and General Manager of Discovery Times Channel and Military Channel, and began the process of converting Discovery Times to Investigation Discovery (I.D.). For eight years, Ford led Discovery's TLC as its SVP, Programming and EVP and General Manager, while it was one of the most dramatic cable growth stories of the 1990's. Ford also was the Executive Vice President, Programming at National Geographic Channel, where he led a complete programming and ratings turnaround and was named a CableFax "Programmer of the Year." Ford earned a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.A. from Duke University.
John Kiser serves as Programming Director for TEGNA's multicast networks. John has dedicated his career to television and programming. Since his start in 2014, John has contributed to the successful launch of Justice Network (now True Crime Network), Quest and Twist. During his tenure, John has spearheaded day-to-day efforts in licensing, scheduling and analytics of three networks. John has negotiated and built libraries for all three networks and True Crime Network's OTT service, totaling 7,000+ cumulative hours. John particularly enjoys building new content-driven startup ventures.
In John’s spare time, he serves on the executive board of Shepherd Center’s Junior Committee, which is one of the nation’s premiere catastrophic care hospitals specializing in spinal injuries, acquired brain injuries, and diseases of the nervous system. The Junior Committee is a group of approximately 200 Atlanta young professionals dedicated to raising money and awareness for Shepherd’s Recreation Therapy department. John lives in the Atlanta, GA area with his wife Marissa and his two dogs Janie and Hennessey.