Arthur Bastings

Discovery buys into Chinese MCN

Discovery has acquired a stake in VS Media, a Chinese multichannel network business. The MCN offers Chinese consumers locally made entertainment content from a roster of 500 creators. It works with the content creators, giving them studio space, funding, marketing and commercial assistance, and VS Media content now registers about 320 million views a month. […]

Discovery names India chief

More changes are afoot at Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific after the channels TV group named a new general manager for its south Asia business. Brand management specialist Karan Bajaj has been named senior VP and GM for the region, a role that focuses on the fast-growing Indian market. Rahul Johri vacated the post in February. He […]

Discovery hires McDonald’s exec in Asia rejig

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has hired a senior exec from fast food brand McDonald’s as part of a restructure that sees Korea folded into a larger regional group. Jay Trindad (pictured) has been named senior VP and general manager of Discovery’s northeast Asia business. Korean country manager Hee-Man Lee and his team will be folded […]

Discovery buys FoodFood

Discovery has taken a majority stake in FoodFood, the Indian culinary net. Specifically, Discovery has bought a majority stake in Turmeric Vision, which operates FoodFood. The deal sees Discovery join forces with Indian food star Sanjeev Kapoor (pictured), who will be a minority shareholder in the channel, and stay on as a presenter and ambassador […]

Discovery invests in OTT sports service

Discovery Communications is to acquire a minority stake in a premium OTT sports service, as its push into sports content continues. RugbyPass is a digital content platform that operates across 23 Asian territories that Coliseum Sports Media launched earlier this year. Following Discovery’s investment, RugbyPass will offer its subscribers content from Discovery-owned Setanta Sports Asia. […]

Bastings rejoins Discovery

Discovery Communications has brought back Arthur Bastings to head up its operations across Asia Pacific. Bastings joins from Africa-focused telco Millicom. He is rejoining Discovery after an earlier stint at the international channel operator, serving as EMEA boss for six years until 2010. He fills the vacant role running DNI Asia following the departure of former Eurosport exec […]