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Discovery to take Oprah’s two-night racism special around the world

Oprah Winfrey is to host a two-night special in response to the continuing civil unrest in America following the murder of George Floyd, with the shows set to be made available around the world via Discovery. OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? will air on Discovery-owned OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the US […]

News round-up: Salto gets ‘Happily Married’; TVG seeks another ‘Wife Swap’; NHK 8K picks up ‘Wife Of A Spy’ and more…

Salto gets ‘Happily Married’ New French streaming platform Salto has picked up dark comedy drama series Happily Married (C’est Comme Ça Que Je T’aime) as one of its first programme acquisitions. The 10-part first season was produced by Montreal-based Productions Casablanca for Radio-Canada Télé and Tou.Tv Extra. Set in the 1970s, it recounts the “almost true” story […]

Exclusive: Why now is “right time” for A+E alum Sabin’s new US/LatAm venture

With Covid-19 currently tightening global purse-strings, a new cost-cutting marriage between US creatives and Latin American production resources is a “fertile field” that Cypher Content founder Edward Sabin tells TBI he is uniquely situated to sow. Sabin, the former head of international at A+E Networks and one-time group COO for Discovery and TLC, launched Cypher, […]

News round-up: Sky Studios invests in Longboat Pictures; Travel Channel orders eerie doc series from Karga Seven; Love Nature lands on Xumo in US and more…

Sky Studios invests in UK prodco Longboat Pictures Comcast-owned Sky Studios has acquired a minority stake in Longboat Pictures, a new London-based indie prodco specialising in TV drama. Longboat was founded last year by LA-based director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV commissioner Victoria Fea. Under the deal, Sky Studios’ investment will help to accelerate Longboat’s […]

Endemol Shine lands multiple ‘MasterChef’ deals in Nordics

TV4 in Sweden has commissioned the country’s first local version of culinary competition series MasterChef All Stars, one of a number of new Nordic deals struck by format owner Endemol Shine Group. TV4 has also ordered an 11th season of the original MasterChef format to air 2021, after last month’s 10th run secured its highest […]

Food Network orders takeout from ‘Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives’

Discovery’s US cabler Food Network has ordered a three-part lockdown special version of Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives (aka Triple D) with host Guy Fieri. Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives: Takeout starts 24 April and will follow Fieri as he checks in with four chefs featured in the show from across the country via video-chat to see […]

Blue Ant hires Discovery exec Blanksma to SVP sales role

Global distributor Blue Ant International has appointed Gerbrig Blanksma as SVP of international sales and partnerships. Based in London, Blanksma will report to Solange Attwood, EVP of Blue Ant International – a division of Blue Ant Media – and will oversee sales across the UK and Italy. She will expand the division’s library with additional […]

Discovery’s ID taps into Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ with new show

US cablenet ID is moving into the big cat game with a new show delving further into the story first revealed by Netflix’s hit docuseries Tiger King. Investigating The Strange World Of Joe Exotic revolves around tiger breeder Joseph ‘Joe Exotic’ Maldonado-Passage and his role in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill rival Carole Baskin, […]

Pay TV in Russia, Turkey, Africa adapt to Covid-19 with free channel offers

Pay TV operators around the world have launched a range of free windows to audiences who have been placed into lockdown. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country until the end of April. Non-subscribers will have access to 190 TV […]

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