Discovery Communications


Discovery launches SVOD motorcar service

Discovery Communications’ focus on ‘super fans’ continues with the launch of a motorcar-themed SVOD service via Amazon Channels. Motor Trend OnDemand is billed as a “supercharged automotive product for motoring fans”, and is now available in the UK. The move comes soon after James Gibbons became Discovery’s general manager for the UK, Ireland, Australia and […]

Discovery threatened with another carrriage blackout in Europe

Finnish cable and digital-terrestrial pay TV operator DNA has said it could drop Discovery’s channels on January 1 after being unable to meet the factual channel’s demand for higher distribution fees. DNA said it will drop SD and HD versions of Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery, Eurosport […]

Discovery restructures EMEA team

Discovery Communications is changing the structure of its EMEA business, after naming Susanna Dinnage as global president for Animal Planet in November. The move will see Discovery consolidate business units that were previously split into the UK, Nordics, Southern Europe and CEEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa). Discovery believes that one […]

AwesomenessTV’s Day to lead new Viacom unit

AwesomenessTV’s business chief, Kelly Day, will lead a new digital-focused production unit for US media giant Viacom. Day (pictured) has been named president of Viacom Digital Studios, which will focus on creating digital content across Viacom’s portfolio of entertainment channels and brands. She is leaving youth-focused digital content firm AwesomenessTV, where she was most recently […]

Discovery recognised Scripps’ IP strength – Zaslav

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s fully owned catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal. During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav (pictured) passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows as it included a 34% premium, saying its rationale […]

Corus forms kids venture with Discovery

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has formed a production joint venture with Discovery Communications. The JV, which is yet to be named, will operate independently in Canada. It will focus on premium children’s content for linear networks and digital platforms. Discovery Kids Latin America and Corus’ suite of kids channels will commission programming from the venture. The […]

TRX signs BBCWW catalogue for official launch

TRX, the online platform for buying and selling TV rights, has signed BBC Worldwide to list its catalogue of 9,500 titles on the platform as it makes its official launch. Following an 18-month beta phase, the platform is now available to all buyers and sellers around the world, allowing them to engage, negotiate and agree […]

A+E content chief joins Nat Geo

A+E Networks’ Christian Drobnyk has joined National Geographic Global Networks as executive VP of programming strategy and acquisitions. Drobnyk will focus on National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, reporting to Nat Geo Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. He joins from Disney-backed channels group A+E, where he was senior VP of programming strategy, […]

‘US giants to offer channels through new SVOD net’

Channels from US cable TV giants like Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are set to become available on a new entertainment-focused SVOD service called Philo. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which that claims a soft-launch for the new US streaming service will roll out in the coming weeks. Philo will reportedly be […]

Discovery hires ex-Spotify exec in major digital play

Discovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy. Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He is known for spells at Universal Music Group (UMG) and streaming musicplayer Spotify, where he led global negotiations with labels. Keeling will develop new digital products and his appointment marks […]