The Weather Channel

Weather Channel hands survivalist order to Canadian prodco BGM

US-based cabler The Weather Channel has ordered a survivalist show from Canadian producer BGM, which was acquired from the remnants of Kew Media Group by Sphere Media (fka Datsit Sphere) in March. Could You Survive? will be hosted by Creek Stewart and explore stories of survival against the odds in some of the most extreme […]

Byron Allen storms to $300m Weather Channel acquisition

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired The Weather Channel for US$300 million. Allen (pictured) has acquired the assets of the US cable network, collectively The Weather Group, through his Allen Media firm. The Entertainment Studios chairman and CEO bought the network from The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and NBCUniversal. The deal hands the cable entrepreneur […]

Strangest Weather blows on to TV

US cable net The Weather Channel and UK broadcaster Channel 4 will show a new series of Strangest Weather on Earth. The 8x60mins series will go into its third run on The Weather Channel, which commissioned the show. Channel 4 has pre-bought the show and it will go out as World’s Weirdest Weather in the […]

Ovation hires Cox veteran Pons

American arts network Ovation TV has hired cable veteran Mike Pons to become its senior VP of content distribution. Pons’ hire comes concurrently with the promotion of programming and production head Scott Woodward to executive VP. Pons (pictured) joins from cable company US-based Cox Communications, where he was general manager, business development. He was also […]

News brief: Broadcasters buy Weather Channel content

Passion Distribution has sold several shows from The Weather Channel. Passion reps the cable net’s catalogue and has shopped So You Think You’d Survive? (pictured) to N-TV in Germany and TV2 in Norway. The series, which looks at how you can survive freak weather incidents, has also been shopped to RMC Decouvertes in France. N-TV […]

Passion whips up Hurricane 360 sales

Passion Distribution has sold several titles from The Weather Channel. A raft of broadcasters have bought The Weather Channel’s 8x60mins series Hurricane 360 (pictured). Australia’s Nine, Sweden’s TV4, Norway’s TV2 and RTL CBS in Asia, Viasat in eastern Europe and UKYV in the UK have each acquired the show, which examines hurricanes from different angles. […]

Off the Fence unveils Freaks of Nature to Weather Channel

Producer and distributor Off the Fence has made a new extreme weather series for US cable net The Weather Channel. The series, Freaks of Nature, is fronted by Tyler Harcott (Junkyard Wars) and uses interviews, footage and archive content to look at different forces of nature. Harcott undergoes tests around these natural forces in the 12x30mins […]

News brief: US cable channel order Pioneer shows

US cable networks HGTV, The Weather Channel and Science Channel have ordered new shows from the UK’s Pioneer Productions. Extreme Homes is a 26x60mins series for HGTV, Strangest Weather on Earth is a 12x30mins show for Weather and How the Universe Works will an 8x60mins show for Science. “These commissions span what Pioneer is best […]

Beyond cuts US programming deals

Beyond Distribution has sealed a programming deal with Scripps Networks Interactive for content on two of its channels and a separate deal with another US cable network. SNI’s Travel Channel has picked up culinary series BBQ Crawl, the RTR Media-produced series that follows a world champion BBQ competitor as she eats her way through the […]