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TVPlayer to launch UK subs offering

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer will launch a subscription service this summer offering live streams of premium TV channels. TVPlayer Plus will offer upwards of 25 premium channels and roughly 100 hours of catch-up content a week for £4.99 (US$7.79) per month – with no fixed contract. Premium networks that will feature as part of TVPlayer […]

Zaslav: Discovery preps ‘cost effective’ dramas

The president and CEO of Discovery Communications has described plans to push Discovery Channel more heavily into scripted programming as a cost-effective move. Questioned during an investors’ call on whether the move into drama would effect programming costs, David Zaslav said would not constitute a “significant increase in investment”. New Discovery Channel president Rich Ross […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

ID moves into scripted with Serial Thriller

Investigation Discovery’s recent moves into part-scripted programming have culminated in the commission of a three-part drama miniseries. The crime-focused US channel will premiere Serial Thriller over the summer, with UK-based October Films currently in production on the show. The drama will follow a community terrorised by a serial killer, focusing on the residents, victims and the […]

Channel 4 buys into another UK indie

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought into another emerging indie producer as part of its £20 million (US$30 million) Growth Fund investment strategy. Renowned Films is a three-year-old prodco that former BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Duane Jones co-founded with then-students Max Welch and Tim Withers (all three pictured left). The company is known for securing […]

Runner to cross Britain for Discovery

An endurance runner with traverse the length of Britain in a 1x60mins doc for Discovery Channel. Sean Conway: Running Britain will see the titular athlete running nearly 1,000 miles, from John O’Groats in northern Scotland to Land’s End in the southwest of England. Conway failed in a previous attempt at the feat last year after […]

Discovery Channel plans on Racing Extinction

Discovery Channel has acquired domestic and international rights to Louie Psihoyos’ documentary Racing Extinction. Following the acquisition, Discovery Channel will launch the doc in the US and Discovery Networks International will premiere it in 220 territories elsewhere. After the broadcast debut, it will be made available on-demand. Furthermore, the Vulcan Productions-created doc has secured a […]

Syfy magnifies Close Up Kings

US cable channel Syfy has bought UK-Canadian magic series Close Up Kings. The deal with Entertainment One Television International, which sells the show globally, will see the 8x60mins show broadcast on the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment channel this year. Discovery Channel in EMEA first commissioned UK-based Zig Zag Productions and Canada’s Yap Films to create the […]

Discovery Channel create NY production unit

Rich Ross’s latest major move since becoming Discovery Channel president is to set up a production and development unit in New York. Discovery Channel VPs of development and production Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorenson will relocate from Discovery Communications’ Silver Springs, Maryland base as part of the move. Kelly developed series such as Gold Rush […]

Discovery sets global launch for Holocaust doc

Discovery Communications is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by rolling out a doc on the subject in more than 200 territories. One Day in Auschwitz will launch internationally on Discovery Channel and in the US on Discovery Channel and American Heroes Channel on January 25. The doc […]

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