Discovery Channel


Gold Rush star debuts prodco with Prodigal drama

The star and creator of Discovery Channel reality series Gold Rush will go mining for success in television production after launching his own company. Todd Hoffman has created Gold Standard TV, and LA-based indie prodco and finance company that will aim to make three to four scripted and unscripted shows per year. Hoffman is best […]

Discovery Channel fishes for Sacred Cod

Discovery Channel has acquired global rights to new documentary film Sacred Cod. The deal continues Discovery along the path president Rich Ross set it on after joining at the start of 2015 – re-establishing the flagship Discovery Communications network has a key distributor of environmentally-focused docs. Sacred Cod chronicles the collapse of an historic cod fishery […]

Discovery goes on global Huntwatch

Discovery Channel has acquired US and international rights to theatrical documentary Huntwatch. The movie will air on September 22 as part of the Discovery Impact doc banner in the US after a limited theatrical release by Discovery and Lionsgate, before debuting internationally later this year. Huntwatch, produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and […]

All3 agrees major drama output deal with Liberty

All3Media will produce four original drama series for cable platforms owned by its co-parent, Liberty Global. This marks the first time Liberty has agreed to such as agreement to create exclusive original programming for its customers, and marks a major milestone in its ownership of UK-based production giant All3. The dramas will come over the […]

Ex-BT channels boss joins Virgin content push

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media has hired a former content chief at BT TV as it pushes further into original and exclusive programming, TBI has learned. David Twallin has joined the Liberty Global-owned cable service as head of programming after a three-year spell as head of channels at BT TV, a role that saw […]

Discovery US hires ex-ITV exec O’Connell

Discovery Channel in the US has hired former ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell for a key transatlantic post. He will become the network’s VP, development and production, having left UK commercial broadcaster ITV in May. In the new post, he will be based in the UK and focus on working with local producers to find […]

Discovery hedges against Brexit impact

US-listed Discovery Communications has said its programme of currency hedging will insulate it from the financial impact of last week’s Brexit. The value of sterling fell sharply in the wake of UK voter’s decision to take the country out of the European Union and huge global media companies including Discovery are hoping they have measures […]

Discovery preps Everest search and rescue

Discovery has ordered a series looking at the work of the search and rescue team working on Mount Everest. The 6x60mins series, Everest Rescue, will go out on Discovery Channel in the US and its international channels. Discovery-owned prodco Betty will make the series. It will follow the search and rescue helicopter teams and medical […]

Buyers briefing: Paul Edwards, Discovery

Name: Paul Edwards Title: VP, head of Nordic Discovery channels, Discovery Networks Northern Europe Paul Edwards oversees buying for Discovery Networks International’s thematic channel suite in northern Europe   What is unique about the Discovery Networks Nordic channels and what should buyers know in advance? Discovery Networks Northern Europe acquires content for Discovery, TLC and […]

Naked hires ex-Fox TV Studios UK chief

Simon Andreae’s production company, Naked Entertainment, has appointed former Fox Television Studios UK managing director Susie Dark as its first COO. Dark will oversee all financial, legal and operational aspects of Simon Andreae’s indie, which is one of a batch that FremantleMedia invested in last year. The company claims to have “several series commissions in […]