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Discovery nabs Amazon exec as first global direct-to-consumer CEO

Discovery has appointed Amazon executive, Peter Faricy, to the newly created role of chief executive officer (CEO), global direct-to-consumer. Faircy will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which includes Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay and its forthcoming PGA Tour-branded OTT golf service. Reporting directly to Discovery president and […]

ESG’s All Together Now gains first Nordic deal

Endemol Shine Group’s entertainment format All Together Now is set for a first season at Discovery in Denmark. All Together Now sees a range of talented singers (solos and groups) perform in front of The 100, an audience of great singers with big voices and even bigger opinions. If any of The 100 like what they hear, they […]

Discovery greenlights Lightbox doc Cajun Navy

Discovery has greenlit a feature-length documentary, Cajun Navy, from Simon (pictured) and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox. Cajun Navy follows a group of everyday civilians who risk their lives to help others survive devastating storms. The group of individuals formed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and continues their work to this day. Executive producers are Simon and Jonathan […]

German watchdog approves Discovery/ProSiebenSat.1 streaming plan

The German competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, has approved the plan by commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery to launch a new integrated streaming platform for Germany that will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The plan builds on the pair’s existing joint streaming platform, 7TV, extending the latter’s ad-supported […]

Discovery extends Zaslav’s contract to 2023

Discovery has extended president and CEO David Zaslav’s employment contract through to the end of 2023. Zaslav’s contract was previously set to expire in 2020. The factual channel giant said that Zaslav’s contract extension would provide ongoing management continuity and stability and ensures Zaslav’s continued leadership for the next five and a half years. Zaslav’s […]

Howard Swartz returns to Discovery from Arrow Media

Howard Swartz, a former Discovery Channel exec, is returning to the network as senior vice president of production and development, after a stint at prodco Arrow Media in London. In his new role, Swartz will head up production for upcoming event programming and have oversight over the network’s documentaries and specials. He will expand, develop […]

Discovery & ProSiebenSat.1 integrate OTT offering to take on Netflix

Discovery and German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 have teamed up to launch a new integrated streaming platform for Germany that will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The new OTT TV platform will be launched in the first half of next year. The pair said they aimed to attract 10 […]

Indie producer MY Entertainment appoints Sechrist to senior role

MY Entertainment has appointed former Discovery executive Jon Sechrist to the newly created position of executive VP of production, development and strategy. In his new role, Sechrist will be responsible for developing new programming and strategy, building on MY Entertainment’s ratings success with titles including Ghost Adventures, Pros Vs Joes, Breaking Borders and Baggage Battles. Sechrist, […]

ITV considers £1bn JV with BBC to buy UKTV

ITV is considering entering a joint venture with the BBC for £1 billion to buy out UKTV, according to reports. In the move the BBC, which currently owns half of the business with Discovery, will have the right to buy out its US partner at a set price before the end of the week, according […]

TBI Weekly: Three moves that may chip at Netflix dominance

Moves to combat the Netflix-effect are high on the agenda for major broadcasters and networks this week. Three TV groups have laid out global streaming and content ambitions in the past seven days, including UK broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, European broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF, and US-based Discovery. We found that the […]

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