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Scripps hires ex-Discovery Asia chief for UK

Scripps Networks Interactive has hired former Discovery Networks Asia Pacific boss Kevin Dickie as senior VP, channels for the UK and EMEA. Dickie (pictured) exited his post as SVP of Discovery’s Asia Pacific content group last year in a restructure that also saw the exit of high-ranking communications executive Charles Yap. He has been working […]

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 […]

Discovery names Kaplan int’l content president

Discovery Communications veteran Marjorie Kaplan has been named president of content Discovery Networks International. The newly created role will see Kaplan relocate from New York to London, starting this October. She has been with Discovery for more than 20 years, and is noted as for having launched Discovery Kids, running Animal Planet and, more recently, […]

David Zaslav on cutting beards and growing 4K and international

New Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross was lauded early this year for calling time on ‘faux factual’, a category of programming that had grown to include ‘real life’ mermaids, and snakes (attempting to) eat people live on air. The “pivot” back to core programming values actually started before then, David Zaslav tells TBI in Paris. […]

River Monsters gets YouTube channel

The producers of the popular Animal Planet series River Monsters are launching a dedicated YouTube channel to accompany the linear show. The extreme fishing show is made by UK indie Icon Films, which has teamed with All3Media-backed YouTube specialist Little Dot Studios for the online channel. It will be housed within Little Dot Studios’ network […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

ITV to sell Discovery’s Animal Black Ops

ITV Studios has taken international rights to Animal Black Ops, the spin-off of the successful Black Ops factual series, which has just been ordered by Discovery in the US. The core Black Ops (pictured), which hails from UK independent prodco World Media Rights, series goes out on Discovery’s American Heroes channel. The new ten-part offshoot […]

Discovery founder preps factual SVOD service

Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks (pictured) has launched a subscription-on-demand service for factual programming named CuriosityStream. The ad-free platform will go live on March 18, 2015, with a “robust” 800-title-strong library of factual programming from the likes of France’s ZED and Terra Noa, BBC Worldwide, Australia’s Flame Distribution and Japan’s NHK. It will also commission […]

Discovery inks Hulu deal, talking to Netflix

Hulu has picked up a raft of Discovery Communications titles including exclusive SVOD rights to hit reality series Deadliest Catch. The news came as Discovery said it was in talks with Netflix about a programming deal. US on-demand and streaming service Hulu has taken a raft of shows from the main Discovery channel and other […]

Discovery to relaunch HD Showcase channel

Discovery Communications is set to relaunch its Discovery HD Showcase channel in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on December 1. The network, which airs in more than 120 markets across EMEA – including Poland, Russia, Benelux and Portugal – will change its name to Discovery Showcase HD. It will also get a new logo, […]