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Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

A+E content chief joins Nat Geo

A+E Networks’ Christian Drobnyk has joined National Geographic Global Networks as executive VP of programming strategy and acquisitions. Drobnyk will focus on National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, reporting to Nat Geo Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. He joins from Disney-backed channels group A+E, where he was senior VP of programming strategy, […]

Discovery to create slate of Facebook originals

Discovery Communications has entered into a deal with Facebook to create a slate of original shows for the social media giant’s new video service. The deal will see Discovery develop “premium mid-form shows” for Facebook Watch. Some will be based on existing Discovery franchises and other exclusive to Facebook. The first is Celebrity Animal Encounters, […]

Discovery and Sky go to war over channels

Discovery risks seeing its channels go dark in the UK – its most important international market – amid a dispute over fees with Sky. The channels will come off the Sky platform at the end of the month if a new carriage fee deal isn’t agreed, and the current situation is described as an impasse”. […]

TLC taps former ABC exec

US cable channel TLC has hired former ABC development executive Jason Sarlanis. He will work as senior VP, development at the Discovery Communications-owned network, reporting to executive VP, development and production Howard Lee and based in LA. Sarlanis was formerly VP, alternative series and specials at Disney ABC Television Group-owned broadcast network ABC, where he […]

TLC opening Big Brides Boutique

The UK TLC net has ordered Big Brides Boutique, a new reality show that gives plus size brides a dream wedding. UK indie producer Angel Eyes will make the show for TLC, which is part of the Discovery stable of channels. Each episode will follow Jo Cooke and Alison Law, owners of the Curves & […]

Discovery orders Celebrity Fat Fighters

TLC has greenlit a new reality series in following celebrities in an extreme weight-loss boot camp. Celebrity Fat Fighters will run to three parts on the Discovery net, with UK indie Chalkboard TV making the show. The format sees a roster of celebs enter the boot camp and then undergo a strict training regime while […]

Long Lost Family format finds new home

Finnish free-TV broadcaster Nelonen has ordered a local version of Long Lost Family, the Dutch-originated format in which people are reunited with long lost relatives. The Finnish deal comes as ITV orders a new season of the show, and TLC in the US extends its latest season order after the success of the first eight […]

All3 agrees major drama output deal with Liberty

All3Media will produce four original drama series for cable platforms owned by its co-parent, Liberty Global. This marks the first time Liberty has agreed to such as agreement to create exclusive original programming for its customers, and marks a major milestone in its ownership of UK-based production giant All3. The dramas will come over the […]

Buyers briefing: Paul Edwards, Discovery

Name: Paul Edwards Title: VP, head of Nordic Discovery channels, Discovery Networks Northern Europe Paul Edwards oversees buying for Discovery Networks International’s thematic channel suite in northern Europe   What is unique about the Discovery Networks Nordic channels and what should buyers know in advance? Discovery Networks Northern Europe acquires content for Discovery, TLC and […]

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