Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

BBC considers £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (US$660m) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. The […]

France gets Naked and Afraid

Lagardère Studios’s 909 Productions has grabbed the rights of US format Naked and Afraid, which Renegade 83 produces for Discovery Channel in the US. France will be the first international territory to bring in a local adaptation of the adventure format in which one man and one woman are left alone in the wild, naked and […]

ProSiebenSat.1 & Discovery launch OTT service

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Communications have launched a jointly-owned premium entertainment service in Germany. The streaming initiative brings together nine terrestrial TV channels in Germany including ProSieben, SAT.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx, ProSieben Maxx, SAT.1 Gold and Kabel Eins Doku, together with Discovery’s free to air channels DMAX and TLC. A range of original and premium TV […]

MIPCOM slates – Discovery & A+E

Discovery Networks International Discovery Networks International will look to highlight four new documentaries at its MIPCOM booth this year. The slate will include docs on the human experience. Above & Beyond: NASA’s Journey To Tomorrow will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the institution and shines a spotlight on the vital role it plays for humanity […]

Hall: BBC must future-proof against US threats

BBC director general Tony Hall has said getting the “strategic relationship” between the UK pubcaster’s international sales and production division right will help “secure the future of British content, at home and around the world”, as the power of US rivals grows. In his autumn statement, Hall once again acknowledged the growing influence of US […]

Scripps expands HGTV to South Korea

Scripps Networks Interactive is further expanding its global home and lifestyle channel HGTV with a new launch in South Korea. HGTV will be immediately available in the region, on TV channel KT olleh, as what’s being billed as the first-ever regional channel dedicated exclusively to the home and lifestyle category in Korea. Over the past […]

Discovery and Hearst execs join Endemol Shine

Endemol Shine Group has appointed Hearst’s Kathryn Flood and Discovery’s Lawrence Pavely as creative strategists within its commercial partnerships team. Flood and Pavely’s remit will include developing international sales propositions for branded content in the TV and digital sectors. They will be tasked with generating new business sales and working with brands and clients locally […]

Discovery grows international revenues, profit

Discovery has reported an uptick in revenues and profit at its international business but noted Brexit concerns meant ad revenues were down in its largest market, the UK. “You have the UK down 4% and Brexit has had a meaningful impact on the UK,” CEO David Zaslav told analysts in the wake of Discovery reporting […]

Discovery, Chinese MCN target millennials

Discovery Communications and Chinese MCN VS Media have launched Tan Ba, a new digital service that programmed with shortform content. Aimed at Chinese millennials, the Tan Ba content will come from Discovery’s vast programming catalogue, and be customised and localised by VS Media, which Discovery bought into last year. Content on Tan Ba will be […]

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