Discovery Communications


Discovery to create slate of Facebook originals

Discovery Communications has entered into a deal with Facebook to create a slate of original shows for the social media giant’s new video service. The deal will see Discovery develop “premium mid-form shows” for Facebook Watch. Some will be based on existing Discovery franchises and other exclusive to Facebook. The first is Celebrity Animal Encounters, […]

Amazon Channels adds Eurosport VOD service

Eurosport Player is joining the Amazon Channels line-up in Germany and Austria, in a move that brings live sports – including Bundesliga football – to the platform. Eurosport’s parent company, Discovery Communications, agreed the deal with Amazon, building on an existing partnership that has already seen both Eurosport Player and Discovery launch on Amazon Channels […]

Nat Geo hires Discovery hire for UK post

National Geographic’s UK base is adding Discovery Communications exec Bernadette McDaid to its ranks. McDaid has been named commissioning editor for the 21st Century Fox-owned pay TV group. She will develop and oversee programming for National Geographic channels in the UK and internationally, reporting to executive VP of programming and development Hamish Mykura (pictured). She […]

ProSiebenSat.1 could launch JV channels with Scripps

ProSiebenSat.1 could launch one or more new thematic channels in partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive, building on the big programming deal it struck with the US channel provider earlier this year. Under the deal struck between the pair in February, Scripps is supplying 1,200 hours of programming to the German broadcaster’s channels. Speaking to analysts […]

TBI Weekly: Discovery realises Scripps dream

Discovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion takeover of US rival Scripps was the big TV news of the last seven days. Discovery buys Scripps   It had been known that Scripps Networks Interactive had been seeking a buyer for a while, and Discovery and Viacom had emerged as its two suitors. Discovery always seemed the best fit […]

Discovery ‘still has bullets’ for deals post-Scripps

Discovery Communications is “not out of bullets” to use for company acquisitions despite its US$14.6 billion takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief exec has said. The Scripps deal will create one of the largest media companies in the US, and includes US$2.7 billion worth of new debt for Discovery. However, this will […]

Discovery buying Scripps for $14.6bn

Discovery Communications is acquiring fellow US-based cable group Scripps Networks Interactive for US$14.6 billion. The cash-and-stock deal values each Scripps at US$90, a 34% premium of the company’s share price when talks with Discovery first began on Tuesday, July 18. The deal, which is subject to approval of both sets of shareholders and regulatory watchdogs, […]

Viacom out of running for Scripps

Viacom’s plan to buy US cable channels group Scripps Networks Interactive appears to be over. Separate US reports claim that concerns over a planned all-cash acquisition spooked Wall Street and led to Viacom deciding against a deal for the Travel Channel owner. This effectively leaves Discovery Communications as the only suitor for Scripps, which is […]

Viacom eyes all-cash Scripps takeover

Viacom is reportedly eyeing one of the biggest all-cash takeovers in recent US media history by planning to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for around US$10.6 billion. According to Reuters, New York-based Viacom is willing to fork out cash to finance the deal, which would add the Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel to a stable […]

Discovery backing Will Packer prodco

Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures are backing the production entity of prolific exec producer Will Packer. US-based Will Packer Media is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” production and branded content company. Discovery’s investment hands company CEO Packer a first-look television deal with cable channel OWN, which is a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey. He is […]