Discovery Networks International


Ex-Discovery content chief finds Electric role

Former Discovery Networks International content chief Phil Craig has joined Australian producer Electric Pictures as head of factual. Craig (pictured), who has also worked at the ABC, will work out of Electric’s Fremantle, Western Australia base, working closely with founder Andre Ogilvie and his team to build the business locally and internationally. The role will […]

Discovery US hires ex-ITV exec O’Connell

Discovery Channel in the US has hired former ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell for a key transatlantic post. He will become the network’s VP, development and production, having left UK commercial broadcaster ITV in May. In the new post, he will be based in the UK and focus on working with local producers to find […]

8, 9, 10, Telemundo

Luis Silberwasser took charge of Telemundo in late 2014 and has set about revolutionising its primetime. The president of the NBCU-owned US Hispanic net talks to Stewart Clarke Primetime in Spanish-language TV in the US has traditionally meant one thing: the lust, love, revenge and betrayal of the traditional telenovela. In an attempt to differentiate […]

Discovery preps Everest search and rescue

Discovery has ordered a series looking at the work of the search and rescue team working on Mount Everest. The 6x60mins series, Everest Rescue, will go out on Discovery Channel in the US and its international channels. Discovery-owned prodco Betty will make the series. It will follow the search and rescue helicopter teams and medical […]

Discovery Sweden CEO resigns, interim installed

Discovery Networks Sweden CEO Jonas Sjogren has resigned from his post after a decade of leading the business. Discovery Networks Norway chief executive Harald Stromme will replace him in the interim, reporting to Discovery Networks Northern Europe COO and CFO Dominic Coles. Sjogren (pictured) is credited with integrating Discovery’s channel portfolios together after Discovery bought […]

Sky, ex-DNI boss buy into Sugar Films

European paycaster Sky and former Discovery Networks International CEO and president Mark Hollinger have bought stakes in UK production outfit Sugar Films. It is the first major industry news regarding Hollinger since he left Discovery’s international arm more than two years ago. He will become Sugar’s chairman as part of his investment into the company. […]

Discovery hires former Miramax CEO

Discovery Networks International has drafted in Michael Lang, the former CEO of US studio Miramax. Lang has been named in the new post of executive VP, international development and digital at the Silver Spring-based broadcast and content group. He will in part succeed David Schafer, who led digital efforts for international operations until moving to […]

Discovery assembles its Olympics squad

Discovery Communications has made a series of appointments to support its delivery of coverage of the Olympic Games via its Eurosport unit. Discovery secured TV and multiplatform rights to the games in Europe for the 2018-24 period in June. Former Eurosport CEO Jean-Thierry Augustin will head up commercialisation of the Olympics as president, sports development […]

Discovery to dig for Nazi gold

Discovery has been granted permission to film efforts to find a buried Nazi train thought to contain gold and priceless works of art. US-listed Discovery has been granted permission to document efforts to recover the armoured train by authorities in the Polish town of Walbrzych, where the vehicle is thought to have be buried over […]

Discovery prodco hires for features, male shows

Discovery Networks International’s UK-based prodco Betty has hired a pair of executives as part of moves to ramp of production of features and male-skewed programming. Adventure programming showrunner David Harrison, who has worked at companies such as Tern TV and Zodiak Media and run his own indie, Ambition Productions, will look to expand Betty’s adventure […]