Discovery grows international revenues, profit

Discovery has reported an uptick in revenues and profit at its international business but noted Brexit concerns meant ad revenues were down in its largest market, the UK. “You have the UK down 4% and Brexit has had a meaningful impact on the UK,” CEO David Zaslav told analysts in the wake of Discovery reporting […]

Welling gets new role at Discovery

Discovery Communications’ central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa channels boss, Paul Welling, has taken on a new international brands role at Discovery. Welling becomes senior VP of international brand and franchise development for Discovery Networks International. The channel operator told TBI it is reviewing its options with regards to a new CEEMEA channels […]

Discovery’s Betty opening US office

Betty TV is opening a US division. The UK prodco is owned by Discovery and the new US unit will be run by Discovery Networks International head of production and development Jon Sechrist. Sechrist (right, below) joins Betty this month and will oversee the current slate and projects in development. Based in New York, he […]

Discovery moving into international drama

Discovery has ordered its first original scripted series for outside of the US and has more international drama in development. Discovery Canada’s first original will be Frontier, a period drama about the fur trade in 18th century North America. Canadian indie Take the Shot will produce six-part, one-hour series, which will go into production this […]

Buyers Briefing: Dan Korn, Discovery Networks Western Europe

Name: Dan Korn Title: Senior VP and head of programming, Discovery Networks Western Europe Discovery’s western Europe programming chief tells TBI what’s working on his pay channels, how Discovery goes about commissioning for its many channels, what types of show it is looking for and what’s coming up in terms of acquired, commissioned and in-house […]

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 […]

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, […]