CuriosityStream reveals plans to float, valued at $330m

Factual streamer CuriosityStream – launched by Discovery founder John Hendricks in 2015 – is to float on the US stock exchange. The SVOD, which claims over 13 million paying subscribers in over 175 countries, has announced a merger with special purpose acquisition company Software Acquisition Group, which will see the streamer become a public company […]

TBI Weekly: Are we in the midst of a watershed moment for streaming?

Streaming has become the prevalent force among content-hungry consumers over the past few years, but developments this week suggest we may well be in the midst of a watershed moment. Media giants including Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, Disney and Discovery have all contributed to a news flow over the past seven days that has been dominated […]

Discovery’s David Zaslav outlines plans for ‘SUV of streamers’

Discovery is close to unveiling details of plans for a US streaming service that CEO David Zaslav likened to “a new SUV” that would set out on the road built by Netflix and Amazon but currently primarily used by those companies’ “great sports cars”. Speaking to analysts after Discovery posted its latest quarterly numbers, Zaslav […]

Discovery Germany to buy Leonine’s Tele 5

Discovery Germany has agreed to acquire Leonine’s entertainment channel Tele 5. The deal also is accompanied by an agreement that will see both parties supply one another with programming, allowing Discovery Germany to access Leonine’s fictional content library. Leonine is the fast-growing German media group, founded last year by Fred Kogel with backing from US […]

Discovery veteran joins John Hendricks’ Curiosity Stream as global strategy chief

John Hendricks’ factual streamer CuriosityStream has appointed Discovery’s former president of global distribution Bill Goodwyn to a newly created role overseeing international strategy. Goodywn becomes chief revenue officer & EVP of strategy, business development & partnerships, reporting into the streamer’s CEO Clint Stinchcomb. His remit includes oversight of all revenue-generating strategy, including sales, marketing and […]

Discovery’s streaming chief Peter Faricy resigns with trio taking up remit

Discovery’s CEO of direct-to-consumer business Peter Faricy has resigned, with the factual giant appointing three execs to take up his remit. Faricy will leave the company on 15 July and is to be replaced by Lisa Holme, the former Hulu exec who recently joined Discovery as SVP of content & commercial strategy, alongside chief technology […]

Sky and Discovery ink new multi-year carriage deal

Comcast-owned broadcaster Sky has signed a new carriage deal with Discovery across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. The agreement includes linear channel distribution, video on demand, direct to consumer products, and extension of the advertising relationship. It means that Discovery’s portfolio of channels, including Discovery Channel, will continue to be available across the Sky […]

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 […]

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