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Discovery appoints Foley original content boss

Factual channel operator Discovery has appointed Charlie Foley executive VP of its freshly-minted Original Content Group. Discovery has pushed heavily into original content and the new group will sit alongside the international programming division run by Luis Silberwasser and Julian Bellamy. Discovery told TBI that the new division will develop select projects and Silberwasser’s unit […]

BT plans TV rebrand, entertainment push

BT is planning to slowly rebrand its TV service from BT Vision to BT TV, and has plans to boost its channel line-up later this year. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event yesterday, BT Retail’s chief executive of TV Marc Watson said that BT is rebranding the division following the launch of its web-connected […]

Power inks multi-regional wildlife deal with Animal Planet

Power has shopped a pair of its wildlife documentaries to Discovery. The UK-based producer and distributor is best known for its TV movies and miniseries, but also has a catalogue of wildlife documentaries from NHU Africa. It has sold Saving Rhino Phila, about a rhino that has miraculously escaped poachers, to Discovery, which has taken […]

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 […]

Latin Media Leaders: Enrique R. Martinez, Discovery Latin America

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ENRIQUE R. MARTINEZ, PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, DISCOVERY NETWORKS LATIN AMERICA/US HISPANIC Enrique Martinez has, in almost two decades at Discovery, stewarded it to become a cornerstone of the pay TV industry in Latin America and it now operates in 44 countries, in three languages, reaching 256 million subscribers. He has been […]

Discovery buys Dominic Monaghan’s Wild Things

ITV Studios General Entertainment has shopped Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan to Discovery, which has acquired the travel-adventure series for its European networks. The show will air on Discovery nets across the continent, starting with Animal Planet in the Nordic region on February 7 and followed later in the month by Animal Planet Russia and […]

Management shake-up at Discovery

Discovery Networks has rejigged several senior management positions with Phillip Luff taking a new position, James Gibbons relocating to take a new UK-based role and Egor Borisov leaving the channel operator. As part of the shake-up James Gibbons will replace Phillip Luff as country manager for emerging business and work out of Discovery’s UK hub. […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

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