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Discovery eyes global OTT after closing Scripps deal

Discovery has completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive, and is now looking to the OTT opportunities the new scale provides. The new look group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Following completion of […]

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 gets US approval for Scripps deal

Discovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion acquisition of fellow US-based cable group Scripps Networks Interactive has been cleared by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Commenting on the DoJ’s decision to close its investigation, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said it was a “significant regulatory milestone” and an “integral step toward closing our transaction”. “We look […]

BBC Studios reaches “new dawn” after Discovery wildlife commission

Discovery Channel has commissioned natural history series The Red List from BBC Studios, marking a “a new dawn” for the UK’s pubcaster. The order is first BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has ever received outside of the BBC channels. BBC Studios has been a commercial entity with the greenlight to produce for […]

Discovery-Scripps deal okay with European Commission

The European Commission has cleared Discovery Communications’ proposed US$14.6 billion buyout of Scripps Networks Interactive. The greenlight marks an important step towards completion of the deal, with Discovery stating it expects the acquisition to close later this quarter ­– subject to obtaining additional antitrust clearances and satisfying other customary closing conditions. The EC’s approval is […]

UKTV hires Baby Cow’s Waddell in originals push

British broadcaster UKTV has hired Kerry Waddell from UK indie Baby Cow Productions. Waddell (pictured) is leaving her post as head of production at the Alan Partridge prodco to take on the same role at UKTV. The hire comes as UKTV delves deeper into its plan to up its original programming output by a third […]

Discovery leaving Maryland HQ after three decades for New York

Discovery Communications is planning to relocate from its home in Maryland to New York City in 2019 after buying Scripps Networks Interactive. The move is contigent on the US$14.6 billion deal for Scripps completing, as expected. The plan will see Discovery’s HQ move to New York, with a national operations headquarters based at Scripps’ home […]

Discovery recognised Scripps’ IP strength – Zaslav

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s fully owned catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal. During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav (pictured) passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows as it included a 34% premium, saying its rationale […]

Scripps to develop shows for Facebook Watch

Scripps Networks Interactive’s digital production division is set to develop lifestyle shows for Facebook’s recently unveiled Watch platform. Scripps Lifestyle Studios will produce shows inspired by popular Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel content, as well as shows created exclusively for Facebook. These will appear on Facebook Watch as well as through individual show pages, […]

Viacom buys Italian net, half of DeA’s Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!. One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 network ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October. The other deal […]

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