Discovery Networks Asia Pacific

Sales round-up: China goes Beyond for kids & factual; BBC takes ABC’s ‘Born To Spy’; ‘The Water Guardians’ land in Canada & Europe

China goes Beyond for kids & factual Chinese broadcasters and platforms have acquired a range of children’s and factual titles, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Youku, the streaming platform of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, has now picked up both series of pre-school animation title Hushabye Lullabye (30 x 3-minutes), a MaraKids production […]

Discovery APAC to ‘Eat China’ in Goldthread food show acquisition

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has acquired the broadcast rights to Eat China, a new food series from the South China Morning Post (SCMP)-owned producer Goldthread. Goldthread is the publication’s video-first title focused on Chinese culture, travel, and food, with its Eat China series set to air across 39 APAC territories via the Discovery-owned Asian Food […]

Asian streamer Viu strikes output deal with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific

Hong Kong-headquartered streamer Viu has struck an output deal with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific that will see a raft of Discovery titles launch on the SVOD. Under the pact, Discovery Network Asia Pacific channels such as Discovery, Discovery Asia, Animal Planet, Food Network, TLC and HGTV will all land on Viu. The content will be […]

Discovery names India chief

More changes are afoot at Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific after the channels TV group named a new general manager for its south Asia business. Brand management specialist Karan Bajaj has been named senior VP and GM for the region, a role that focuses on the fast-growing Indian market. Rahul Johri vacated the post in February. He […]

Discovery hires McDonald’s exec in Asia rejig

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has hired a senior exec from fast food brand McDonald’s as part of a restructure that sees Korea folded into a larger regional group. Jay Trindad (pictured) has been named senior VP and general manager of Discovery’s northeast Asia business. Korean country manager Hee-Man Lee and his team will be folded […]

Discovery to offer mobile docs in Asia

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has begun offering its doc content on mobiles for the first time in the region via a partnership with online distributor Viddsee. A Discovery First Time Filmmakers documentary showcase launches today on the Viddsee platform. The FTFM initiative aims to foster local filmmaking talent. The showcase comprises Singapore Stories, a 5x30mins series […]

Discovery buys FoodFood

Discovery has taken a majority stake in FoodFood, the Indian culinary net. Specifically, Discovery has bought a majority stake in Turmeric Vision, which operates FoodFood. The deal sees Discovery join forces with Indian food star Sanjeev Kapoor (pictured), who will be a minority shareholder in the channel, and stay on as a presenter and ambassador […]

Discovery invests in OTT sports service

Discovery Communications is to acquire a minority stake in a premium OTT sports service, as its push into sports content continues. RugbyPass is a digital content platform that operates across 23 Asian territories that Coliseum Sports Media launched earlier this year. Following Discovery’s investment, RugbyPass will offer its subscribers content from Discovery-owned Setanta Sports Asia. […]

Scripps hires ex-Discovery Asia chief for UK

Scripps Networks Interactive has hired former Discovery Networks Asia Pacific boss Kevin Dickie as senior VP, channels for the UK and EMEA. Dickie (pictured) exited his post as SVP of Discovery’s Asia Pacific content group last year in a restructure that also saw the exit of high-ranking communications executive Charles Yap. He has been working […]

Discovery buys Setanta Sports Asia

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific is buying Setanta Sports Asia, a premium sports channel specialising in rugby coverage. Commenting on the deal, Discovery Networks International president JB Perrette said that it marked an “important investment for Discovery” as it looks to further expand its business in Asia. “Similar to the strategy we have adopted for Eurosport, we […]