Discovery Networks


UK indie hires Discovery & eOne alum for sales

UK indie Wag TV has appointed former Discovery Networks exec Janice Strangward to lead its global content distribution arm, which was formed last year and formally launches at MIPCOM this October. Strangward has held senior sales roles at Entertainment One, Passion Distribution, Al Jazeera Media Network and Zee Entertainment Enterprises, most recently leading the latter’s […]

Discovery poaches MTG exec

Discovery Networks Norway has hired MTG’s Hilde Reinersten Kollerød to act as planning director and join its management team. Kollerød is currently head of planning and acquisitions at MTG TV, which comprises  for TV3, Viasat4, TV6 and Viafree. She will report to Eivind Landsverk, Nordic programme director at Discovery. During her time at MTG, Kollerød has […]

TBI weekly round up: Torode doc, Clones deal

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 26-30, 2017).   Pre-sales for UKTV’s John Torode doc National Geographic Channels Asia and Foxtel in Asia have pre-bought UKTV’s upcoming food series John Torode’s Asia. Pay TV service Foxtel will play the series on its Lifestyle […]

Factual Hot Picks

Following the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France, TBI profiles five hot factual projects currently making an impression from Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain to France 2’s Age of the Builders – Notre Dame.   Grayson Perry: Divided Britain Transvestite artist Grayson Perry first came to attention in 2003 when he won the prestigious Turner […]

Canal+ gains freedom to strike exclusive deals

France’s competition watchdog has removed the majority of restrictions placed on pay TV operator Canal+ originally imposed to greenlight its merger with TPS. This frees the operator up to strike exclusive premium channel deals with the likes ofBeIN Sports, as well as to retain exclusivity of series that it pre-finances. Citing the changing conditions of […]

Time Warner to produce shows for Snapchat

US media giant Time Warner will produce a series of original programmes for social media platform Snapchat under terms of a new deal. The Warner Bros. and Turner parent has committed to a global media partnership with Snap Inc. that spans everything from media spends to development and production of exclusive shows. The programmes will […]

Discovery itching for Blue Ant factual

Discovery Networks has acquired 55 hours of lifestyle and factual programming from Canadian distributor Blue Ant International. The programmes are for Discovery operations in the US, and Latin America and Hispanic US. Discovery Family in the US and Discovery Networks Latin America / US Hispanic (DLA/USH) have acquired the 13x30mins Post My Party (pictured), a […]

David Attenborough series goes global

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef has landed in 180 territories following natural history broadcaster Attenborough’s 90th birthday. Distributor Entertainment One Television has sold the Atlantic Productions-produced show to Discovery Networks in Latin America, Germany, Portugal; the Netherlands, Spain and Italy; LeTV in China; Atresmedia in Spain; IBA in Israel; BBC Worldwide in Asia and pan-Africa; […]

How the Rich Live Longer prospers

Channel 4’s How the Rich Live Longer has been picked up by a raft of international broadcasters. The one-off doc is distributed by independent distributor Orange Smarty, which has sold it into over 50 territories. International buyers of the show include TV3 in New Zealand, DR in Denmark, TVB in Hong Kong and Discovery Networks […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

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