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Discovery swoops for BBC’s Serengeti amid reported SVOD tie-up

Discovery Channel has swooped for the BBC’s six-part natural history series Serengeti from American Idol creator Simon Fuller, a week after it emerged that the channel is reportedly teaming with the British public broadcaster on a new natural history SVOD.  Reports claimed last week that Discovery and the BBC have agreed to pool natural history and wildlife shows for […]

Darren Childs to step down as UKTV CEO

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

Discovery: Scripps merger has “completely changed” the business

Discovery factual boss Nancy Daniels has said that the Scripps merger has “completely changed” the business, with a new strategy in place for content sharing across the channels. The exec said that the merger, which closed its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps in March 2018, has resulted in a “huge transformation” that has opened up the […]

Discovery elevates trio of lifestyle veterans

Discovery has promoted veteran lifestyle programmers Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala and Lynn Sadofsky within its HGTV and Food Network brands. Ruch shifts from his former role as SVP of programming, partnerships and special projects for Discovery lifestyle brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, to group SVP of production and […]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gets reboot at Discovery’s HGTV

Hit format Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is getting a reboot at Discovery’s HGTV, after near seven years of hiatus. The format is expected to land on the network with 10 fresh episodes in early 2020. The cast for the new edition is yet to be determined. HGTV has also secured the rights to 100 existing episodes […]

Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on 29 March. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK […]

Discovery expands UK portfiolio with DMax launch

Discovery is expanding its UK portfolio with a male-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel. DMax will launch in the UK on 16 January with programmes including adult animated comedy Archer, reality series Naked and Afraid and Man Vs Food and Alaska-set doc series Life Below Zero. The channel is to have an “adventurous tone” that centers around […]

All3Media Int’l sells Guy Martin into LatAm

All3Media International has struck a package deal with Discovery’s Turbo channel in LatAm. The automotive-focused channel has acquired a number of titles fronted by motorcycle racer and mechanic-turned-TV presenter Guy Martin, and produced by North One Television. Turbo LatAm has also picked up the latest series of motoring magazine series Fifth Gear, which is now […]

Discovery cancels Border Live

Discovery Channel has cancelled its live show focused on the US-Mexico border after three episodes. The US channel pulled the programme, which is produced by 60 Days In’s Lucky 8, from the schedule after three episodes, with the final 19 December episode drawing an audience of only 430,000. The show was originally intended to return for […]

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