UKTV split confirmed: Discovery takes lifestyle, BBC takes entertainment

BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV. It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while […]

Discovery hires Sky exec to lead EMEA, APAC corporate development

Discovery has hired Sky executive Anil Jhingan as its corporate development chief for the EMEA and APAC regions, responsible for deal-making, partnerships and investments. Jhingan joins Discovery having played key roles in high-profile Sky deals, including its acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, as well as its recent public takeover. He joins Discovery with […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC/Discovery deal for UKTV

British regulator Ofcom will not conduct a formal investigation into the BBC’s deal with Discovery to divide up UKTV. This effectively means that the proposed deal – that will see Discovery take control of three channels and the BBC take control of seven – now has official approval. Discovery, which became a co-owner of UKTV […]

Nat Geo’s Igal Svet boards Discovery

Nat Geo exec Igal Svet is boarding Discovery. Svet has been appointed VP of production and development, tasked with building out Discovery’s event programming, docs and specials. The New York-based exec will relocate to LA for the role, in which he will report into Howard Swartz, SVP of production and development, who himself returned to […]

Quest Red checks into Full Fat’s ‘Bad Skin Clinic’

Discovery-owned free-to-air channel Quest Red has commissioned Full Fat TV to produce The Bad Skin Clinic. The 8 x 60-minute series will follow dermatological surgeon Dr. Emma Craythorne and her team of experts at their Harley Street clinic as they treat and transform the lives of those suffering from debilitating skin conditions. The team treats individuals […]

Discovery sees 17% rise in revenues in Q1

Discovery saw a 17% year-on-year rise in revenues across Q1, reporting $2.7bn for the period ended 31 March. Revenues were up from $2.3bn for the period in 2018. However, the business’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive contributed to a 5% drop in total revenues, as a 3% rise in US networks was offset by a […]

Discovery promotes Food Network’s Todd Weiser

Discovery has promoted Todd Weiser to senior vice president, programming and development at Food Network and Cooking Channel. White will report to the networks’ president Courtney White. “Todd brings an expertise in creating smart, innovative and audience-pleasing content,” said White. Weiser joined Food Network in 2013 as vice president, programming and development where he launched […]

Matthew Butler takes over at Travel Channel

Discovery has promoted Matthew Butler to general manager of Travel Channel. Most recently VP of programming and development for Travel Channel, Butler takes over from Jane Latman who last week was promoted to president of Discovery’s HGTV channel. In his new role, Butler will oversee the development, production, scheduling and overall operations for Travel Channel, […]

Latman named as president of HGTV

Jane Latman has been promoted to president of Discovery’s HGTV channel. Latman was most recently general manager of Discovery’s Travel Channel and Destination America, and executive VP of development and research for Discovery’s ID and and American Heroes Channel. She takes over from Allison Page, who was appointed earlier this month to head Discovery’s new […]

Discovery, Science Channel commission ‘Uncharted’ from Karga Seven

Discovery and Science Channel in the US have commissioned Uncharted from Karga Seven Pictures – a title that follows explorer Justin Fornal to investigate unsolved mysteries. The title sees urban explorer Fornal use detailed historical maps, along with the latest in high tech imaging, to investigate mysteries that have remained elusive. Uncharted (WT) will premiere […]

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