Henry Schleiff

Dating Game Killer Discovery ID’s first original movie

ITV-owned prodco ThinkFactory is making Dating Game Killer, the first original movie for the US ID channel. The film marks the Discovery net’s move into true crime feature films, with the feature bowing on the cable net early next year. The drama is based upon the true story of Rodney Alcala, the convicted US serial […]

Discovery, National Enquirer prep cold case series

Discovery has greenlit a true crime series looking at the infamous cold case of JonBenét Ramsey, the child beauty queen who was killed in her own home in Boulder, Colorado, on Boxing Day, 1996. JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery (WT), for the Investigation Discovery channel, is billed as an event series and will run on […]

ID to contest Netflix’s Making a Murderer

US cable net Investigation Discovery is to release a doc special that refutes the details provided in Netflix’s buzzy true crime series Making a Murderer. ID has commissioned NBC News-owned Peacock Productions to create quick turnaround doc Front Page: The Steven Avery Story, with an airdate set for later this month. The response to the ten-episode […]

Discovery restructures US nets

Discovery Communications has placed Rich Ross into a networks group president role as it realigns its US channels structure. Ross, who joined Discovery at the turn of the year as president of Discovery Channel, is now group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Discovery has grouped the channels together as it believes […]

ID moves into scripted with Serial Thriller

Investigation Discovery’s recent moves into part-scripted programming have culminated in the commission of a three-part drama miniseries. The crime-focused US channel will premiere Serial Thriller over the summer, with UK-based October Films currently in production on the show. The drama will follow a community terrorised by a serial killer, focusing on the residents, victims and the […]

Transgender series is Discovery net’s debut original

A documentary series on the lives of transgender friends living in the US state of Kansas will be the debut original commission for the upcoming Discovery Life Channel. Those Girls (WT) will premiere on the channel in March 2015, two months after Discovery Life replaces Discovery Fit & Health. The show will come from a […]

Discovery rebrands net, gives Life to new channel

Discovery is rebranding its US channel Discovery Fit & Health to Discovery Life Channel (DLC). The rebadged pay TV channel will launch on January 15 next year. Discovery said it will ‘profile ordinary people in extraordinary situations’ and ‘present an unfiltered look at real relationships’. The new net will retain some of the shows from […]

Discovery orders Pistorius trial special

Discovery has secured exclusive access to the parents of South African model Reeva Steenkamp for Pistorius On Trial: Nowhere to Run, a special that will go out on its Investigation Discovery channel this Sunday (April 13). Steenkamp was killed by her partner, the athlete and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of her murder. The […]

News brief: Discovery promotes Destination America exec

Discovery Communications has handed a promotion to thematic channel Destination America’s senior VP, content strategy. In the expanded role of the channel’s general manager, Marc Etkind will lead business strategy, programming, development, production and cross-platform promotion. Etkind joined Destination America in September 2011 and has since developed series such as BBQ Pitmasters, Hillbilly Blood and […]

Discovery 2013 Upfront report

Discovery unveiled a new scripted show and a raft of reality and doc series at its annual Upfront in New York, which was attended by Oprah Winfrey, William Hurt, Tyler Perry and reality child star Honey Boo Boo among others. Discovery boss David Zaslav told the assembled ad buyers that across all of its networks […]