Discovery Communications

Netflix bolsters Indian offer with new Discovery net fare

Netflix is attempting to make up lost ground in India by snagging rights to programming from a new local Discovery-operated network. Netflix has beaten off the likes of Amazon Prime Video to land programming from Jeet, a new channel launching in India next month on DTH and cable platforms. The deal means Netflix has exclusive […]

Discovery leaving Maryland HQ after three decades for New York

Discovery Communications is planning to relocate from its home in Maryland to New York City in 2019 after buying Scripps Networks Interactive. The move is contigent on the US$14.6 billion deal for Scripps completing, as expected. The plan will see Discovery’s HQ move to New York, with a national operations headquarters based at Scripps’ home […]

Discovery carriage deal ends Finnish carriage clash

Finnish telco, cable and digital-terrestrial pay TV operator DNA has struck a deal with Discovery to continue airing the Discovery and Eurosport channels following the carriage terms dispute between the pair at the end of last year. The deal means that DNA will continue to distribute Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, […]

Discovery launches SVOD motorcar service

Discovery Communications’ focus on ‘super fans’ continues with the launch of a motorcar-themed SVOD service via Amazon Channels. Motor Trend OnDemand is billed as a “supercharged automotive product for motoring fans”, and is now available in the UK. The move comes soon after James Gibbons became Discovery’s general manager for the UK, Ireland, Australia and […]

Discovery threatened with another carrriage blackout in Europe

Finnish cable and digital-terrestrial pay TV operator DNA has said it could drop Discovery’s channels on January 1 after being unable to meet the factual channel’s demand for higher distribution fees. DNA said it will drop SD and HD versions of Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery, Eurosport […]

Discovery restructures EMEA team

Discovery Communications is changing the structure of its EMEA business, after naming Susanna Dinnage as global president for Animal Planet in November. The move will see Discovery consolidate business units that were previously split into the UK, Nordics, Southern Europe and CEEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa). Discovery believes that one […]

AwesomenessTV’s Day to lead new Viacom unit

AwesomenessTV’s business chief, Kelly Day, will lead a new digital-focused production unit for US media giant Viacom. Day (pictured) has been named president of Viacom Digital Studios, which will focus on creating digital content across Viacom’s portfolio of entertainment channels and brands. She is leaving youth-focused digital content firm AwesomenessTV, where she was most recently […]

Discovery recognised Scripps’ IP strength – Zaslav

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s fully owned catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal. During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav (pictured) passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows as it included a 34% premium, saying its rationale […]

Corus forms kids venture with Discovery

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has formed a production joint venture with Discovery Communications. The JV, which is yet to be named, will operate independently in Canada. It will focus on premium children’s content for linear networks and digital platforms. Discovery Kids Latin America and Corus’ suite of kids channels will commission programming from the venture. The […]

TRX signs BBCWW catalogue for official launch

TRX, the online platform for buying and selling TV rights, has signed BBC Worldwide to list its catalogue of 9,500 titles on the platform as it makes its official launch. Following an 18-month beta phase, the platform is now available to all buyers and sellers around the world, allowing them to engage, negotiate and agree […]

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