Henry Schleiff

Discovery rebrands net, gives Life to new channel

Discovery is rebranding its US channel Discovery Fit & Health to Discovery Life Channel (DLC). The rebadged pay TV channel will launch on January 15 next year. Discovery said it will ‘profile ordinary people in extraordinary situations’ and ‘present an unfiltered look at real relationships’. The new net will retain some of the shows from […]

Discovery orders Pistorius trial special

Discovery has secured exclusive access to the parents of South African model Reeva Steenkamp for Pistorius On Trial: Nowhere to Run, a special that will go out on its Investigation Discovery channel this Sunday (April 13). Steenkamp was killed by her partner, the athlete and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of her murder. The […]

News brief: Discovery promotes Destination America exec

Discovery Communications has handed a promotion to thematic channel Destination America’s senior VP, content strategy. In the expanded role of the channel’s general manager, Marc Etkind will lead business strategy, programming, development, production and cross-platform promotion. Etkind joined Destination America in September 2011 and has since developed series such as BBQ Pitmasters, Hillbilly Blood and […]

Discovery 2013 Upfront report

Discovery unveiled a new scripted show and a raft of reality and doc series at its annual Upfront in New York, which was attended by Oprah Winfrey, William Hurt, Tyler Perry and reality child star Honey Boo Boo among others. Discovery boss David Zaslav told the assembled ad buyers that across all of its networks […]

Discovery and NBC making Oscar Pistorius exposé

Discovery and NBC’s Peacock Productions are making Beauty & the Blade Runner, a one-off doc about the ongoing Oscar Pistorius scandal. The one-hour special will air this Sunday, March 3, on the Discovery ID channel in the US. It will go out in an 8pm slot. The one-off doc will look at events surrounding the […]