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TBI In Conversation: Hit+Run’s Rob Shaftel on character-driven factual, Netflix & Shark Week

Hit+Run’s Rob Shaftel looks back on five years of factual production, reveals his hunt for co-pro opportunities and teases upcoming projects with global streamers.  Rob Shaftel launched his New York-based factual production company Hit+Run five years ago and the exec says his “genre agnostic” approach to content creation has been a boon in navigating the changing […]

Discovery hunts Atlantis with Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s Revelations

Discovery Channel has ordered a new factual series following a search for the fabled lost city of Atlantis, from Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment. Hunting Atlantis, which debuts on 2 June, will follow novelist and expert Stel Pavlou and volcanologist Jess Phoenix as they follow “a new trail of evidence” on an international […]

TBI Weekly: How one exec turned his Covid-19 crisis around

Former Discovery Networks International exec Adam Jacobs stepped down from his role at UK indie Woodcut Media at the start of the year to pursue his passions – then Covid-19 struck and his plans were left in tatters. TBI finds out how he reacted. As the UK government likes to constantly remind us, everything about […]

Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

TBI Weekly: Brand power could hold key for the future of TV

This week, it’s become clear that simply having quality content is no longer enough to drive viewers to networks. A core set of networks and providers dominate viewer time and those providing easy access to them fair the best, new stats show. So much for the brave new world in which anyone can compete with […]

BBC Studios reaches “new dawn” after Discovery wildlife commission

Discovery Channel has commissioned natural history series The Red List from BBC Studios, marking a “a new dawn” for the UK’s pubcaster. The order is first BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has ever received outside of the BBC channels. BBC Studios has been a commercial entity with the greenlight to produce for […]

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 […]

Amazon Channels adds Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel, Discovery Communication’s premium pay TV brand, is set to become available on Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria. The launch of Discovery Channel on the service extends the partnership between Amazon and Discovery, which launched Eurosport Player on Amazon Channels earlier this year. Amazon customers with an active Prime membership in Germany and […]

Celebs help Discovery rebuild Cash Cab

US cable net Discovery Channel is rebooting its long-running quiz Cash Cab. The new version will see celebrities ambushing unsuspecting tax passengers with the opportunity to win cash prizes. The format comes from UK-based All3Media International, with All3Media-owned Lion USA coproducing the new US version with Norton Productions. In the US, the show hasn’t aired […]

Discovery travels to Dark Side of the Sun

Discovery Channel has ordered a science special about the sun. The Dark Side Of The Sun will go out on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel in the US on consecutive days. FremantleMedia-backed US prodco Radical Media is making the doc for Discovery. It will examine what we know about the star, the latest […]

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