Smithsonian Channel


Rare TV scores engineering six-parter for Smithsonian

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned UK producer Rare TV for a six-part series exploring the innovations that changed the world. Inside Mighty Machines is hosted by ex-NASA jet engineer Chad Zdenek and examines the engineering principles that make machines such as a 747 jumbo jet or a North Sea oil rig run. Along the way, Zdenek […]

Smithsonian links with BBC for Europe in Chaos

Smithsonian Channel and the BBC have teamed to explore the origins of Brexit and the migrant crisis with two-part special Europe in Chaos. The two hour-long specials reveal the fierce arguments and personality clashes among Europe’s leaders as they struggled over the past decade to find common ground amid intense political pressure, overwhelming waves of […]

Smithsonian Channel to launch in the UK with local originals

Smithsonian Channel is to launch in the UK with a string of local originals including a doc about British Marxist Tariq Ali and his relationship with Malcolm X. From 12 February British and Irish viewers will have access to the network’s range of non-fiction programming, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop […]

Icon Films readies Malawi Wildlife Rescue for Love Nature

Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian’s Love Nature platform has commissioned Icon Films for a six-part series out of Malawi. Love Nature 4K has ordered Malawi Wildlife Rescue, which will air on the brand’s 4K linear and streaming platforms internationally and via Smithsonian Channel in the US. Shot in 4K, the 6 x 60-minute series will […]

Smithsonian ups Giraldi to EVP of digital

Smithsonian Channel has promoted Joseph Giraldi to executive VP of digital media. Previously, Giraldi acted as senior VP of digital media, where he was responsible for building and leading a fully integrated digital media team and overseeing strategy, marketing, and product and business development for the channel. Giraldi also led the development and launch of […]

Smithsonian Channel debuts on DirecTV in Lat Am

Smithsonian Channel has continued its international rollout by unveiling a new Latin American channel. Following previous launches into Canada and Singapore, the new LatAm feed will be available on DIRECTV’s Oro HD package in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and the non-US Caribbean. According to the channel, the LatAm will feature a wide range […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

CBS/Dish dispute leaves viewers in the dark

Stations from the CBS broadcast network, including the main broadcast network and the Smithsonian Channel, have gone dark on the Dish Network in the US as the companies failed to reach an agreement on a new carriage deal. The companies’ current contract expired last night with no deal in place, marking the latest in an […]

Smithsonian goes Inside Buckingham Palace

US cable channel Smithsonian Channel has bought two-part royal documentary Inside Buckingham Palace. Smithonian struck the deal with distributor TVF International, which in turn picked up rights from producer Wildfire Television. In Sweden, pubcaster SVT has also bought the show, with further deals in the offing in Europe, Asia and Latin America. UK broadcaster Channel […]