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Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

Discovery names global Animal Planet chief

Discovery Communications has named Susanna Dinnage as global president for pay TV channel Animal Planet, with general manager Patrice Andrews exiting. Discovery Networks UK and Ireland president Susanna Dinnage (pictured) has landed the post, which will see her jointly reporting to Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav and international chief executive J.B. Perrette. Discovery said […]

Discovery Channel fishes for Sacred Cod

Discovery Channel has acquired global rights to new documentary film Sacred Cod. The deal continues Discovery along the path president Rich Ross set it on after joining at the start of 2015 – re-establishing the flagship Discovery Communications network has a key distributor of environmentally-focused docs. Sacred Cod chronicles the collapse of an historic cod fishery […]

Discovery goes on global Huntwatch

Discovery Channel has acquired US and international rights to theatrical documentary Huntwatch. The movie will air on September 22 as part of the Discovery Impact doc banner in the US after a limited theatrical release by Discovery and Lionsgate, before debuting internationally later this year. Huntwatch, produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and […]

Animal Planet taps ex-ITV Studios exec for GM

US cable channel Animal Planet has hired ITV Studios America’s east coast COO as its new general manager. Patrice Andrews succeeds Rick Holzman, who left the Discovery Communications-owned network in November 2015 having held the GM post since 2014. Andrews joins Animal Planet in June, reporting to Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal […]

Discovery, Imax strike programming deal

Large-screen cinema company Imax has cut its first TV distribution deal for its original programming, and will partner with Discovery Communictions on a range of films. The deal gives Discovery an exclusive 18-month global rights window on Imax features after they have played in Imax cinemas. Up to ten films are covered by the agreement. […]

Discovery’s Mythbusters given a final season

Discovery Channel’s longest-running series, Mythbusters, will come to an end after a final, fourteenth, season. The show’s send-off run will start on Discovery in the US in mid-January. The pop-science series bowed on Discovery 13 years ago. It is fronted by special effects artists Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who carry out wild scientific experiments, […]

Discovery Channel plots 200+ territory doc launch

Discovery Channel has commissioned a documentary about Mount Everest’s Sherpa community that will rollout in more than 200 territories worldwide. This represents the second time Discovery has chosen to use this type of distribution plan since Rich Ross was named president, coming after Racing Extinction. Sherpa will debut next year, looking into the Sherpas’ grief […]

Discovery restructures US nets

Discovery Communications has placed Rich Ross into a networks group president role as it realigns its US channels structure. Ross, who joined Discovery at the turn of the year as president of Discovery Channel, is now group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Discovery has grouped the channels together as it believes […]

Discovery names Kaplan int’l content president

Discovery Communications veteran Marjorie Kaplan has been named president of content Discovery Networks International. The newly created role will see Kaplan relocate from New York to London, starting this October. She has been with Discovery for more than 20 years, and is noted as for having launched Discovery Kids, running Animal Planet and, more recently, […]

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