Discovery Channel

Discovery scoops Iron Man feature doc

Discovery Networks has picked up The Challenge: My Iron Man Dad, a feature doc about one man’s attempt to compete an Iron Man triathlon while carrying his disabled son. The factual channel operator has snagged rights for its UK and Ireland service and it will go out on the local Discovery Channel on June 19, […]

Discovery buys Spurlock’s Rats

US cable net Discovery Channel has acquired rights to Morgan Spurlock’s new film, Rats. Discovery Communications’ flagship channel is now a partner on the documentary, which Spurlock’s Warrior Poets is producing in association with Dakota Group and film distributor Submarine, which has international sales rights and is shopping it at the Cannes Film Festival this […]

Rebranded MTG net takes factual from TCB

The recently rebranded MTG World channel has prebought a 10x60mins American Heroes Channel series from distributor TCB Media Rights. The network, which operates across Europe, was rebranded as Viasat World after exiting the Modern Times Group, and has now acquired history title Inside Secret Societies (pictured) from UK-based TCB. RMC Découverte in France and Foxtel in […]

Nine is Buying the View from Corus

Australia’s Nine Network has acquired real estate series Buying the View from Canadian distributor Corus Entertainment. A+E Networks Asia has also picked up the 26x30mins series in which home buyers search for properties with fantastic views. Our House Media produced it in association with Corus-owned W Network, and previous deals have seen it sold to […]

Discovery On the Edge with new adventure series

Discovery Networks has commissioned Sean Conway: On the Edge, a three-part doc following the titular athlete as he embarks on an ultra triathlon around the UK coastline. The show will be produced by Tuesday’s Child, the UK indie set up by former Shine TV managing director Karen Smith. It will go out on Discovery Channel […]

Serialised killers

A new wave of true crime series that ape the structure of serialised dramas has emerged on screens across the world. Jesse Whittock looks for evidence from those behind the shows to build a case for why it’s happening. Has there been a more talked-about genre than serialised true crime programming in the past year […]

Keshet plots crime move with Woodcut deal

Israel’s Keshet International is getting into unscripted crime programming distribution following a deal with UK producer Woodcut Media. KI, the global sales arm of Keshet Media Group, will have exclusive rights to Woodcut’s new non-scripted factual crime programmes internationally. “This deal is another step towards our ambition to grow a larger finished English language programming […]

Shrek producer to reboot evolution show

John Williams, who produced the Shrek feature films, has acquired rights to make an animated TV version of 2002 documentary series The Future is Wild. Williams’ Vanguard Films has picked up the rights to the property from The Future is Wild Australia, a Melbourne-based company that controls the rights. Besides producing Shrek movies, producer Williams […]

Arrow poaches Discovery’s Swartz

Channel 4-backed UK producer Arrow has hired Howard Swartz as executive VP, development and production. He will be based in London and joins from Discovery Channel, where he was executive VP, documentaries and specials. Swartz (pictured) is tasked with driving Arrow’s US development slate alongside Arrow’s co-founders and creative directors, Tom Brisley and John Smithson. […]

Discovery development VP joins A&E

Long-time Discovery Communications development exec Amy Savitsky is joining rival A&E Network. Savitsky (pictured) will be senior VP, development and programming at the A+E Networks-owned cable channel. This comes after Elaine Frontain Bryant was named executive VP and head of programming earlier this following the departure of David McKillop and promotion of Rob Sharenow to […]