Discovery diversifying beyond factual to become ‘broader media company’

Discovery Communications will become a broader based media company, moving beyond the factual content on which the business was built, according to its international boss Mark Hollinger. “We have made the decision that we can be more than a factual pay TV business,” Hollinger said. “You can see the company transforming itself into a bigger, […]

BBC sells Bake Off to Discovery in Italy

The show tests the skills of amateur chefs in various challenges to find the country’s best home baker. It has been a big hit for the BBC in the UK on BBC Two. It is made by UK indie Love Productions, the UK indie set up by Richard McKerrow, a former commissioning editor at Channel […]

MIPTV News: Crime pays for Cineflix Rights

UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights has sold titles from its crime programming catalogue to international broadcasters. Among the deals, Wives with Knives, a 6x60mins series from Indigo Films that tells stories of women who have committed violent crimes against their husbands or lovers has gone to Foxtel in Australia, Discovery in Latin America and Poland. Discovery’s […]

MIPTV News: Discovery secures Bear Grylls survival series in Betty deal

Discovery Enterprises International has secured distribution rights to UK prodco Betty’s programming slate and will head to MIPTV with new titles including Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivor. DEI, Discovery Communications’ global programming arm, will be selling Betty’s content for the first time in Cannes. This comes after Discovery acquired Betty (The Joy of Teen Sex, Freaky […]

Fox makes first ever European commissions

Fox UK has ordered a pair of original series for the first time. Fox UK, which was rebranded from FX in January, is part of the Fox International Channels group. It has ordered Russians in the City and Man Up. Russians in the City is an 8x60mins ob-doc about Russians living in London, delving into […]

Discovery ups Wagner

Discovery Enterprises International has promoted Elliott Wagner to oversee its international programme sales across North and South America, among other duties. Wagner, currently director of programme sales and private networks, now fills the role of VP, programmes sales and Canadian partnerships. He has been with Discovery for 14 years. Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, he’ll […]

International nets drive growth at Discovery

Double-digit growth at Discovery’s international networks helped drive overall revenue and profit growth at the channel operator. Discovery’s full-year revenues increased 8% year-on-year, taking the total to US$4.5 billion. International networks contributed US$1.6 billion of the total, a 13% year-on-year uptick. The company’s US nets generated US$2.7 billion, a 5% increase on the previous year. […]

Discovery hires intn’l director of development

Discovery’s international arm has hired Charlotte Reid as its first director of production and development across lifestyle and entertainment programming. Reid will lead lifestyle and entertainment commissioning in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, as well as serve as executive producer on key returning series for Discovery Networks International. She will report into Sarah Thornton, VP, head […]

Wizards vs Aliens sells around the world

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has shopped Wizards vs Aliens, the action adventure show from the team behind Doctor Who, to a raft of international broadcasters. In the US, Hasbro and Discovery joint-venture channel The Hub has acquired the show. it has also sold to the ABC in Australia, HBO Family across Latin America, Canal […]

Discovery orders bizarre bodies series for intn’l nets

Discovery’s international division has ordered a six-part series about people living with bizarre medical conditions from Zig Zag and Barcroft Productions. The 6x60mins show, Body Bizarre, was greeenlit by Discovery Networks International’s creative director, Julian Bellamy. It will air on Discovery channels around the world in the second quarter. Cases covered in the series include […]