Netflix appoints Discovery’s Jhamal Robinson to lead production in US & Canada

Netflix has hired Discovery’s Jhamal Robinson to oversee production for the streamer in North America. Robinson becomes VP of production management for the streamer in the US and Canada, reporting into Netflix VP of physical production Ty Warren. He was most recently SVP of production management at Discovery, a role that he took up in […]

Disney & Discovery execs launch ‘class pass’ streaming firm, backed by Michael Eisner

Former Disney and Discovery execs have launched a new streaming aggregation service, with former Mouse House CEO Michael Eisner backing the venture and ex-CBS Entertainment president Nancy Tellem among those onboard. Struum has received a “multi-million dollar investment” from Eisner’s Tornante Company ahead of the service’s planned roll-out in the spring. The company has been founded by […]

Discovery hires AT&T exec for distribution & fills new global streamer role

Discovery has hired AT&T’s SVP of content & programming Michele Barney to take on Eric Phillips’ distribution role, with the latter moving to a newly created global position. The rejig, which follows the launch of nascent streamer Discovery+ in the US earlier this week, will see Barney become president of affiliate distribution at the factual […]

Unscripted streamer Discovery+ launches in the US

Discovery has become the latest broadcaster to enter the increasingly crowded US streaming market with the launch of Discovery+. The factual giant, which formally launched the service in the US on Monday, said it wanted the streamer to become “the definitive product for unscripted storytelling” and would offer the most content of any new OTT […]

Discovery+ expands European reach with Vodafone deal

US-based factual giant Discovery has struck a far-reaching deal that will see its newly launched streamer made available via mobile operator Vodafone across 12 counties in Europe. The agreement will see Vodafone TV customers in the UK, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland and Iceland gaining access to Discovery’s channels […]

News round-up: TVN snags Fremantle’s ‘kindness’ format; Eccho sells ‘Legacy’; Can’t Stop’s ‘Pharaohs’ travel

TVN takes Fremantle’s Great Giveback Poland’s TVN has ordered a local version of a reality format originally created by Motive Television in Ireland, with Fremantle selling globally. The Great Giveback, which launched on Virgin Media One in Ireland earlier this year, sees successful and well-off families connecting with those less fortunate in their community. They […]

TBI Weekly: What Discovery+ means for global non-fiction

Discovery+ looks likely to be the last major streamer to be unveiled in 2020, but it could yet be one of the most fascinating. Its formal reveal earlier this week – to be followed by a US roll-out on 4 January – will further supercharge the Battle Royale for unscripted content, an area that Netflix and […]

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