Discovery Canada

Discovery Canada’s Edwina Follows departs as Bell Media restructuring continues

Discovery Canada’s general manager Edwina Follows has become the latest senior exec to depart as part of the major overhaul at Bell Media. Follows had overseen development, programming and independent production for the factual giant’s Canadian joint venture which it operated with Bell. Her exit comes after more than 15 years with Discovery Canada, which […]

Discovery, Netflix team for original drama

Discovery Canada has ordered Frontier, its first original drama, and Netflix has scooped the international rights. Shooting is underway on the 4K series, which will star Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and follow the battle to control the North American fur trade of the late 18th century. Discovery Canada is a specialty channel run as […]

Beyond constructs Manufactured doc deal

Beyond Distribution has taken international rights to Manufactured, a factual series that tells the story of iconic products. The show is made by Toronto-based indie Castlewood for Discovery Canada. Items covered in the show range from the Leatherman multi-tool to the Zippo lighter and Stetson hat, with each episode following the conception, history and manufacture […]

Beyond picks up Canadian Stranger

Beyond Distribution has picked up international rights to another title from Canadian producer CMJ, A Stranger in My Home. The hour-long show tells stories of victims who have, for various reasons, invited strangers into their homes, with disastrous results. It was produced by CMJ with Discovery Canada and Canal D. Beyond will launch the series […]

Murphy goes one step beyond

The new general manager of Australia-based Beyond Television tells TBI about changing international perceptions of the business and why he’s targeting UK broadcasters. Michael Murphy is best known as the founder of Ireland’s Channel 6 (since bought by TV3 and rebranded 3e) and former director of programmes at TV3. He has also, since 2004, been […]

Beyond cuts US programming deals

Beyond Distribution has sealed a programming deal with Scripps Networks Interactive for content on two of its channels and a separate deal with another US cable network. SNI’s Travel Channel has picked up culinary series BBQ Crawl, the RTR Media-produced series that follows a world champion BBQ competitor as she eats her way through the […]

Discovery green lights High Tech Rednecks

Discovery World has ordered a new series about a crew of mechanics that make outlandish cars, High Tech Rednecks. The 8x60mins show is being made for the Canadian Discovery channel by indie producer Shark Teeth Films. Action-themed US cable channel MAVTV has also acquired the show. The producer has also won a pilot order from […]

Discovery orders Never Ever Do This At Home format

Discovery channel Canada has ordered a local version of Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s factual entertainment show Never Ever Do This At Home. The format is sold internationally by DRG and was picked up in Canada by indie producer Insight, which then inked the deal with Discovery. Insight, which makes shows including the Canadian version of the […]