Discovery NZ plans 70% local content boost & new channel launches

Discovery New Zealand has pledged a 70 per cent increase in local content, amid a raft of plans for the region, including the launch of two new channels and the expansion of its news offering and on-demand service ThreeNow. The factual giant’s investment in local programming includes a slate of new shows for its general […]

Gusto takes five originals to Russia

Gusto Worldwide Media has sold five cooking and food series to Red Media, a Russian pay-TV broadcaster. The package includes 83 half-hour episodes that will air on Red Media’s Kitchen TV, and over 200 short form videos. Titles include Watts on the Grill (13×30), Fresh Market Dinners (10×30), Fish the Dish (30×30), The Urban Vegetarian […]

Bell restructures TV as Vivolo exits

Canadian telco Bell has restructured the exec team at TV operations in the wake of Domenic Vivolo leaving the business. Vivolo (left) leaves at the end of the week to ‘pursue other opportunities’. As president, content sales, marketing and digital products, he has overseen programme sales and marketing across Bell’s bouquet of cable nets, its […]

Bell buys Chris Knight’s Gusto

Bell has acquired Gusto, the upstart food channel that has established itself in the Canadian specialty TV market. Having bought the channel from its founder Chris Knight, Canadian media giant Bell said it will launch a new food net later this year. Specifically Bell has acquired the Canadian Gusto brand — the channel has not […]

Exporting in Asia

ATF is the biggest TV market in Asia. Ahead of the trip to Singapore, TBI checks in with some of the distributors and execs attending for the first time, and finds out what some of the regular attendees are expecting from the market this year The Asian TV Forum & Market (ATF) is the pre-eminent […]

Gusto adds spice to foodie market

“There is no owners manual that comes with a broadcast license,” says Knight Enterprises’ Chris Knight about his fledgling food channel Gusto. Still less than 18 months old, it has cornered the classic food TV market and having moved into originals, was at MIPTV with two series, A is for Apple (below) and One World […]

Canadian specialty net moves into distribution

Canadian specialty channel Gusto is launching a programme sales arm that will make its market debut at MIPTV next month. Privately-owned food and lifestyle net Gusto launched in late 2013, providing Shaw and Scripps-owned Food Network with competition. It has committed to producing several original series and 100 hours of 4K content this year and […]

New Canadian foodie channel rolls out

Gusto, a new lifestyle cable channel has launched in Canada. The specialty channel has rolled out on Bell’s pay TV platforms in Canada and said it will announce wider distribution soon. The Ottowa-based channel is run by Chris Knight’s Knight Enterprises, which makes a range of culinary themed programming including The Great Canadian Food Show, […]