Discovery, Science Channel commission ‘Uncharted’ from Karga Seven

Discovery and Science Channel in the US have commissioned Uncharted from Karga Seven Pictures – a title that follows explorer Justin Fornal to investigate unsolved mysteries. The title sees urban explorer Fornal use detailed historical maps, along with the latest in high tech imaging, to investigate mysteries that have remained elusive. Uncharted (WT) will premiere […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

BBC, Discovery to build “Marvel library” of factual content with SVOD

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC, Discovery confirm UKTV channels break-up, SVOD plans

The BBC and Discovery have confirmed plans for a break-up of UKTV channels, and unveiled what BBC director general Tony Hall has described as the corporation’s “largest ever content sales deal” as part of a new SVOD offering.  Discovery is to take full control of lifestyle channels including Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC […]

Discovery goes global for ‘Wheeler Dealers’ spin-off

Discovery has handed a global commission for an eight-part Wheeler Dealers spin-off, which will air on its international channels and MotorTrend TV channel out of the US.  Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car (8 x 60 minutes) will be fronted by motoring presenter Mike Brewer and will see car lovers trading up unwanted vehicles for their dream […]

Discovery rolls out HGTV to Germany

Discovery is to launch HGTV, its home and lifestyle network, in Germany as a free to air channel. HGTV will make an appearance in Germany in June 2019 and marks the first European launch of the brand since Discovery acquired Scripps for $14.6bn in 2017, with further launches to come. Content on the channel focuses […]

Exclusive: Discovery to roll out VOD service in India

Discovery is to roll out an Indian VOD service just a year after the business rolled back its Netflix-affiliated general entertainment channel Jeet, TBI has learned.  The business’s Indian operation is understood be ad-supported, and will initially focus on short-form content before expanding into long-form programming. It is expected to roll out in the coming […]

Discovery strikes deal with C4 for Jamie Oliver content

Discovery has signed a significant deal with the UK’s Channel 4 to acquire a catalogue of Jamie Oliver and other lifestyle programming for Food Network, its free-to-air lifestyle and entertainment channel. The deal includes thirteen new titles and the relicense of eight previously acquired titles. Food Network will now carry Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, Jamie’s […]

Discovery reports 54% revenue increase post-Scripps acquisition

Discovery has reported a 54% revenue rise for its first full-year accounts since its acquisition of Scripps Networks, highlighting the benefits of the Food Network owner. Discovery’s full year revenues for 2018 increased 54% to $10.6bn when including the impact on Scripps Networks, the MotorTrend Group and the Oprah Winfrey Network. When these elements of […]

BoJack Horseman finds free-to-air UK home

Discovery-owned free-to-air broadcaster DMax has acquired Netflix original BoJack Horseman.  The newly launched male-skewing UK entertainment channel has picked up local licensing rights to six series of the adult animation from Lionsgate. The programme, which follows the life of a formerly famous horse actor and sitcom star, will begin airing on 25 February.  BoJack Horseman joins […]

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