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Oprah’s Lance Armstrong interview becomes a two-night event

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will now be a two-night TV event. The interview, was originally slated to be on Oprah’s US cable channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network tomorrow (Thursday) night on the Oprah’s Next Chapter show. Expanded coverage will now run over Thursday and Friday nights. Both parts of the interview […]

Discovery buys Italian broadcaster Switchover

Discovery has continued on its recent acquisition spree, buying Italian kids and general entertainment broadcaster Switchover Media. Discovery will acquire all of the Italian firm, which operates four free-to-air and pay TV channels in Italy. The US company said that, combined with its existing assets in the Italian market, the Switchover deal will make it […]

Former Discovery boss to run factual programming at Muse

Canadian producer and distributor Muse has hired Ann Harbron to run its fledgling factual division. She joins from Discovery Channel Canada where she was director of commissioning and production. Harbron will take the new role of managing director of factual programming. She will be based in Muse’s new Toronto office. She left Discovery last year. […]

Oprah’s Lance Armstrong interview to be streamed live globally

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will be streamed live around the world. The 90-minute interview, in which Armstrong will address the doping and cheating scandal that has enveloped him, will take place next Thursday. The interview will take place at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas and will be the first he has […]

Discovery orders gangster show from British Nerd

Discovery has ordered a new show that delves into the world of gangs, from UK production house Nerd. Inside the Gangster’s Code will be a 5x60mins factual series presented by former Mafia street boss Lou Ferrante. He will use his connections and underworld knowledge to delve into gangster communities. Elizabeth McIntyre, VP production & development, […]

Management shake-up at Discovery

Discovery Networks has rejigged several senior management positions with Phillip Luff taking a new position, James Gibbons relocating to take a new UK-based role and Egor Borisov leaving the channel operator. As part of the shake-up James Gibbons will replace Phillip Luff as country manager for emerging business and work out of Discovery’s UK hub. […]

Netflix bumped from Nasdaq 100 Index

Netflix has been dropped from the list of the top 100 companies on the US Nasdaq exchange and Discovery and Liberty Global have been added. Netflix’s share price has risen and fallen dramatically in recent times following key events including an aborted plan to split its service into separate streaming and delivery offerings  and its […]

Tom Jennings becomes 1895 Films

Factual and fact-ent producer Tom Jennings Productions has rebranded as 1895 Films. The company, which has made shows for broadcasters including Discovery, Tru TV, VH1 and A&E among others has just finished making Frozen in Time: Our History in 3D for 3Net. Company founder Tom Jennings said the rebrand was part of a wider move […]

ITV Studios poaches Shaftel from Pawn Stars producer Leftfield

ITV Studios America has recruited Rob Shaftel as senior VP, development. He joins from Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) and will develop show for cable and broadcast nets from ITV’s New York offices. Shaftel will report to Bruce Robertson, head of development for ITV Studios America. He said: “His expertise will help ITV Studios America continue […]

Cake Walk for Discovery and Living

Distribution360, the sales company founded by Canadian producers MarbleMedia and Seven24 Films, has sold several lifestyle titles to international broadcasters. The distributor has shopped Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition to Discovery Channel in Poland and Living Channel in New Zealand. Other sales include Puppy SOS to Viasat in Scandinavia. TrueVisions in Thailand and iCable in […]