Discovery Networks Western Europe

Discovery secures Xilam output deal in Italy

Discovery Networks Western Europe in Italy has secured an output deal with French animation studio Xilam. The comprehensive agreement hands Discovery’s local kids channel, which include boys-skewed K2, 14 series totaling 450 hours of programming. This comprises 250 hours of library shows such as Oggy and the Cockroaches, 120 hours currently in production and 80 […]

De Nooijer takes on Western Europe channels at Discovery

Mertijn De Nooijer will head up affiliate sales for Discovery across Western Europe after being given a new role at the channel operator. De Nooijer has been running Discovery’s affiliate business in the Benelux region. He moves into the new role after Discovery merged its channel distribution teams across the Discovery channels and Eurosport businesses, […]

Discovery pre-buys Tsunami feature doc

Discovery Networks Western Europe has pre-bought feature documentary After the Wave, for a number of territories. The deal, brokered with UK-based financing and co-production specialist Drive, hands Discovery broadcast rights in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. TVF International has distribution rights elsewhere. The 1x90mins After the Wave focuses on the […]

Buyers Briefing: Dan Korn, Discovery Networks Western Europe

Name: Dan Korn Title: Senior VP and head of programming, Discovery Networks Western Europe Discovery’s western Europe programming chief tells TBI what’s working on his pay channels, how Discovery goes about commissioning for its many channels, what types of show it is looking for and what’s coming up in terms of acquired, commissioned and in-house […]

Networks raid Picture Box for programming

Various networks have acquired unscripted programming from Canada’s Picture Box Distribution. Viasat Europe and GB Omnimedia have bought season one of Mountain Road Productions’s 13x30mins Selling Big for the CIS region and Italy, respectively. Seasons one and two of The Liquidator have sold to Choice TV in New Zealand and Discovery Networks Western Europe has […]

Discovery, Foxtel chart Rise of the Nazi Party

Discovery Networks Western Europe and Australian pay platform Foxtel are among buyers of a new history-themed series about the emergence of the Nazi Party in Germany. DNI sister company SBS Discovery Media and Planete have also acquired the 10x50mins series for Scandinavia and France respectively. The Rise of the Nazi Party comes from UK indie […]

Discovery preps Spanish rail disaster doc

Discovery has ordered a documentary special Spain’s Worst Rail Disaster. The factual one-off is made by UK news and current affairs producer ITN and investigates events surrrounding the recent catastrophic rail crash in Santiago de Compostella. It looks at events in the run up to crash, the disaster itself and the subsequent effortsof the rescue […]

Discovery Europe orders cityscape doc Strip the City

Discovery Networks Western Europe has ordered Strip the City, a six-part documentary that uses CGI to strip back the surfaces of some of the world’s major cities. The doc series will be coproduced by UK indie Windfall Films (Massive Moves) and its Canadian counterpart Handel Productions (Inside the Titanic). In each episode CGI will be […]

Discovery commissions Shackleton series for its Western Europe channels

Discovery has ordered a three-part series about a team following in the footsteps of Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Discovery Networks Western Europe has greenlit the 3x60mins series, Endurance In The Wake Of Shackleton, which will be produced by UK indie Raw TV. Explorer Tim Jarvis will lead a six-man team who will be on board […]