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Discovery launching five channels on Turkish IPTV

Discovery is launching five of its channels on Turkish IPTV service Tivibu. The IPTV service is run by Turk Telecom subsidiary TTNet and it will carry the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery, Discovery Science and Discovery World channels from later this month. Discovery already has carriage deals with DSmart, Digiturk and Teledunya in […]

Discovery Europe orders cityscape doc Strip the City

Discovery Networks Western Europe has ordered Strip the City, a six-part documentary that uses CGI to strip back the surfaces of some of the world’s major cities. The doc series will be coproduced by UK indie Windfall Films (Massive Moves) and its Canadian counterpart Handel Productions (Inside the Titanic). In each episode CGI will be […]

BBC and Discovery making Nasa disaster drama

The BBC and Discovery’s Science Channel are coproducing a one-off factual drama with William Hurt, who will play scientist Richard Feynman and tell the story of his search for truth in the wake of the 1986 Nasa Challenger disaster. The as-yet-untitled drama will be a BBC Scotland Science and Science Channel coproduction. Filming starts this […]

3net forms production and distribution division

3net, the joint venture 3D channel run by Discovery, Imax and Sony, is launching a production and distribution division.   3net Studios will be jointly based at the Sony Pictures HQ in LA and at Discovery’s head office in Silver Spring. It will “employ a worldwide team of creative personnel, utilising the world-class technology and […]

The Hub buys new Sabrina the Teenage Witch animated series

Discovery and Hasbro joint venture channel The Hub has bought the upcoming animated series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch. The new series will premiere on the US channel next summer. The show’s producer, Moonscoop, has also signed up new coproduction partners, Archie Comics, which created Sabrina, DSK Group and animation studio Laughing Lion in […]

Discovery commissions Shackleton series for its Western Europe channels

Discovery has ordered a three-part series about a team following in the footsteps of Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Discovery Networks Western Europe has greenlit the 3x60mins series, Endurance In The Wake Of Shackleton, which will be produced by UK indie Raw TV. Explorer Tim Jarvis will lead a six-man team who will be on board […]

MTV named the biggest TV channel in Europe

Viacom’s MTV is the most widely distributed channel in Europe, according to new research. The youth-skewed channel is carried by 123 operators across the continent and beats Disney Channel and the Discovery Channel, which are second and third with 122 and 121 operators respectively. National Geographic and Eurosport were the fourth and fifth most distributed […]

UK multichannel operators programming spend hits £2.2 billion

The main providers of commercial digital channels in the UK spent a cumulative £2.2 billion on content last year, according to new research. Oliver & Ohlbaum’s Economic Impact Report for COBA, the industry body for UK-based multichannel operators, breaks down the programming spend of the group’s membership, which includes Discovery, BSkyB, Fox International Channels, NBCUniversal, […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

UK multichannel programming spend rockets to £623 million

Commercial multichannel broadcasters spent £623 million on content last year, a 31% year-on-year increase. A report compiled by Oliver & Ohlbaum for the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) showed that investment in original first-run programming increased sharply last year, as did money spent on acquisitions of finished shows. Many multichannel broadcasters, notably BSkyB, have upped their […]

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