Food Network president steps down, HGTV’s Jane Latman expands remit

Food Network president Courtney White is stepping down to launch a new prodco, with long-standing HGTV exec Jane Latman taking up her remit. Latman, who has been president of HGTV & streaming home content since 2019, while adding responsibility for Food Network. She will start on 30 April and continues to report to Kathleen Finch, […]

Discovery+ links with OWN on five-series unscripted order

Discovery has announced a new slate of unscripted original programming produced exclusively for the Discovery+ streamer under the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network banner. The slate includes five series orders, with OWN and Discovery’s HGTV partnering to co-produce Taking Back The House (working title), which will chronicle Broadway star Robert Hartwell’s room-by-room renovation of an 1820 […]

Discovery+ checks in to Trixie Mattel hotel renovation series

Discovery+ has commissioned Trixie Motel, a new unscripted hotel renovation show featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trixie Mattel. The eight-part series is is due to debut on the service next year, with the show following Mattel as she faces the reality of having invested her life savings into a rundown motel in Palm Springs, California. […]

Round-up: ‘Sommerdahl Murders’ extended; HGTV explores ‘Cash In The Attic’; Rainmaker & Little Hat develop ‘Bone Season’

Sommerdahl Murders extended ZDF and NDF in Germany, along with Danish broadcaster TV2, are returning to crime drama The Sommerdahl Murders. The show’s third season will start production this May and premiere early 2022, with TV4 Sweden, TV2 Norway and NPO Netherlands striking pre-buy deals. The show is from Dynamic Television, which co-produces with ZDF, NDF, Sequoia Global Alliance […]

Digging into Discovery+’s first six months in the UK

The launch of Discovery+ six months ago provided an early indication of how the factual giant’s global SVOD would look. Richard Middleton speaks to UK & Nordic boss James Gibbons about streaming, channels and why entertainment is as important as fact. The recent launch of streaming service Discovery+ has been closely watched by those with even […]

HGTV to bring Instagram hit ‘Cheap Old Houses’ to TV

Discovery-owned US home improvement network HGTV has greenlit an eight-part series based on the Instagram sensation Cheap Old Houses, fronted by the social media stars of the original account. Each month, Cheap Old Houses founders Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein uncover surprising property bargains that are available for less than $150,000. The duo will now transition […]

Show of the week: ‘Property Brothers: Forever Home’

Forever Home (40 x 60 minutes) is a new spin on twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott’s Property Brothers franchise, which first launched in 2011. Rather than focus on flipping properties to make money, the programme showcases homes in which families want to live forever. The format sees the Scott brothers help couples transform their […]

Exclusive: Discovery “making changes” in commissioning post-UKTV split

Discovery Networks Europe is rejigging its commissioning team on the back of its UKTV channels split with BBC Studios – a move that sees the departure of fact ent exec Steve Jones. TBI understands that Jones, an exec producer for fact ent at Discovery Networks Europe who guided a number of prominent local commissions, has […]

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