Discovery Networks International


Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

COBA: £1bn annual British TV investment under threat from Brexit

Losing access to EU markets through Brexit could cost the UK’s television market £1 billion (US$1.4 billion) per year in investment from international broadcasters, an influential broadcaster body has warned. Research from media analysis firm Oliver & Ohlbaum (O&O) for the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) reveals that international networks invested £1.02 billion in the UK […]

30 years of TBI: The TBI 20 (2003)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2003, TBI asked the industry to nominate the top 20 executives in the business at that point, and results brought together some of the biggest names in the […]

Discovery names global Animal Planet chief

Discovery Communications has named Susanna Dinnage as global president for pay TV channel Animal Planet, with general manager Patrice Andrews exiting. Discovery Networks UK and Ireland president Susanna Dinnage (pictured) has landed the post, which will see her jointly reporting to Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav and international chief executive J.B. Perrette. Discovery said […]

Discovery Latin America president to retire

The president and managing director of Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic, Enrique Martínez, is due to retire at the end of December after 24-years at the company. Fernando Medin (below) will take over Martínez’s role on January 1, 2018, after being promoted from his existing position as Discovery’s executive vice-president and general manager for […]

Premium video body launches in Europe

A premium video advocacy body is launching in Europe with the backing of numerous major broadcasters. The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe (FWCE) formed this month following the creation of a US parent in 2015. It is aimed at keeping advertisers keen to spend their cash on premium video – whether that is high-end […]

Discovery lines up Hindi ents network

Discovery Communications is to debut a Hindi-language general entertainment network in India. Discovery JEET will be “the flagship for the network’s ambitious investment into original local productions in India”. It will debut late this year, offering programming on true crime, ‘small-town heroes’ and ‘gritty survival’. More than 200 hours of original, local content will premiere […]

Discovery preps channel, focuses on UK, German growth

Discovery Communications will launch a new free-to-air channel in the UK alongside other new services in Britain and Germany. CEO David Zaslav said yesterday that a new carriage deal with Sky in the UK and Germany, which came about after a bitter standoff between the channel operator and pay TV platform, gave it greater flexibility […]

Discovery hires Euro Olympics chief

Discovery Communications has recruited Bernard Ross to join Eurosport and run its Olympics coverage across Europe. Ross joins from European football’s governing body, UEFA, where he oversaw delivery of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. As COO and general manager, Olympic Games, at Eurosport, he will head up production, logistics and organisational aspects of the planning […]

Discovery moves factual exec to Betty

Discovery Networks International’s VP of production and development for factual, Helen Hawken, has moved across to subsidiary prodco Betty. Hawken has been appointed director of programmes at the UK-based producer, which Discovery acquired in 2011. This comes after Duncan Coates exited the role to join Seven Network-backed producer 7 Wonder as its first creative director. […]

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