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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 […]

Latman named as president of HGTV

Jane Latman has been promoted to president of Discovery’s HGTV channel. Latman was most recently general manager of Discovery’s Travel Channel and Destination America, and executive VP of development and research for Discovery’s ID and and American Heroes Channel. She takes over from Allison Page, who was appointed earlier this month to head Discovery’s new […]

Realscreen: NBC, Bravo and Facebook execs reveal pitching tips

The Realscreen Summit kicked off in its new home of New Orleans on Monday (28 January) with a session detailing the development and production processes in place for unscripted execs such as Sahara Bushue, SVP of alternative programming for NBC Entertainment; Toby Faulkner, head of unscripted for Facebook; John Feld, SVP of original programming and […]

Discovery elevates trio of lifestyle veterans

Discovery has promoted veteran lifestyle programmers Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala and Lynn Sadofsky within its HGTV and Food Network brands. Ruch shifts from his former role as SVP of programming, partnerships and special projects for Discovery lifestyle brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, to group SVP of production and […]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gets reboot at Discovery’s HGTV

Hit format Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is getting a reboot at Discovery’s HGTV, after near seven years of hiatus. The format is expected to land on the network with 10 fresh episodes in early 2020. The cast for the new edition is yet to be determined. HGTV has also secured the rights to 100 existing episodes […]

Top US cable entertainment channel rankings unveiled

USA Network, home of The Sinner and Banijay’s forthcoming Temptation Island reboot, was the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment channel Stateside in 2018. The network marks its 13th year at the top of Nielsen’s annual rankings for cable entertainment channels in non-news and non-sports categories. It garnered an average of 1.48m across total viewers and […]

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