Welsh indie Wildflame on navigating int’l co-pros for Discovery+ & Channel 5’s ‘Yellowstone Supervolcano’

Llinos Griffin-Williams, executive producer of factual & international co-productions at Welsh indie Wildflame, discusses what it takes for international co-productions to succeed, ahead of the launch of Yellowstone Supervolcano: American Doomsday, which is headed to US streamer Discovery+ on 24 June and the UK’s Channel 5 later this year. Pitching international projects takes commitment, investment and dedication. It’s not […]

Exclusive: Discovery EMEA content boss on co-pros & ‘bigger budgets’

Discovery’s EMEA content boss says the company is open to co-productions with other broadcasters in Europe and willing to spend “bigger budgets” on documentaries, as the factual giant expands its programming. Myriam Lopez-Otazu, group VP EMEA & international content for Discovery, told TBI Talks yesterday that the company has an ambition for an expanding slate of original and exclusive content […]

Discovery+ digs up ‘The Mole’ for Sweden

Discovery+ has revived The Mole adventure competition format for Swedish audiences. Originally broadcast on local network Kanal 5 from 2000-2004, the show, known locally as Mullvaden, will now return on the streaming service later this year, with the 8 x 60-minute revival series produced by Warner Bros. International Productions Sweden. The Mole format, which is […]

WarnerMedia’s president of France, Benelux & Germany to step down

WarnerMedia’s president of France, Benelux, Germany, Austria and Switzerland Iris Knobloch is stepping down, after 25 years with the company. Knobloch was most recently responsible for the development and execution of WarnerMedia’s strategy across the region, as well as overseeing all commercial and group marketing activities. Her remit included oversight of content licensing, home entertainment […]

WarnerMedia & Discovery unveil post-merger name

The new company merging AT&T-owned WarnerMedia and Discovery has a name: Warner Bros. Discovery. Announced last month, Warner Bros. Discovery is proposed as a new ‘pure play’ content company that will own one of the deepest libraries in the world with nearly 200,000 hours of programming. It will also house both HBO Max and Discovery+ […]

News round-up: Viaplay, Virgin Media join ‘The Holiday’; Arte explores ‘Ukraine’s War: Europe’s Dilemma’; Discovery+ preps competition show

Viaplay, Virgin Media join The Holiday Nordic streamer Viaplay and Virgin Media in Ireland have struck pre-sale deals for forthcoming UK drama The Holiday. The show, which was commissioned by ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 in the UK, is being produced by NENT Studios UK, which is part of Viaplay owner Nordic Entertainment Group. Jill Halfpenny (The […]

Discovery+ checks in to Trixie Mattel hotel renovation series

Discovery+ has commissioned Trixie Motel, a new unscripted hotel renovation show featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trixie Mattel. The eight-part series is is due to debut on the service next year, with the show following Mattel as she faces the reality of having invested her life savings into a rundown motel in Palm Springs, California. […]

Round-up: ‘Sommerdahl Murders’ extended; HGTV explores ‘Cash In The Attic’; Rainmaker & Little Hat develop ‘Bone Season’

Sommerdahl Murders extended ZDF and NDF in Germany, along with Danish broadcaster TV2, are returning to crime drama The Sommerdahl Murders. The show’s third season will start production this May and premiere early 2022, with TV4 Sweden, TV2 Norway and NPO Netherlands striking pre-buy deals. The show is from Dynamic Television, which co-produces with ZDF, NDF, Sequoia Global Alliance […]

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar set for exit following AT&T’s Discovery deal

Jason Kilar, the CEO of WarnerMedia, is reportedly negotiating his way out of the company after being frozen out of merger talks between AT&T and Discovery. The industry was stunned when AT&T announced that it planned to spin off WarnerMedia and its associated entertainment assets into a standalone company with factual giant Discovery. The new […]

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