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Matthew Butler takes over at Travel Channel

Discovery has promoted Matthew Butler to general manager of Travel Channel. Most recently VP of programming and development for Travel Channel, Butler takes over from Jane Latman who last week was promoted to president of Discovery’s HGTV channel. In his new role, Butler will oversee the development, production, scheduling and overall operations for Travel Channel, […]

Discovery expands UK portfiolio with DMax launch

Discovery is expanding its UK portfolio with a male-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel. DMax will launch in the UK on 16 January with programmes including adult animated comedy Archer, reality series Naked and Afraid and Man Vs Food and Alaska-set doc series Life Below Zero. The channel is to have an “adventurous tone” that centers around […]

Travel Channel reboots Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Discovery-owned Travel Channel is reviving the iconic Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! brand for a new series. The cabel channel has ordered a 10 x 60-minute Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! series, which will be hosted and exec produced by Evil Dead and Army Of Darkness actor Bruce Campbell. The programme will showcase Ripley’s trademark real […]

Discovery vet upped to Travel Channel GM

Discovery has appointed veteran TV exec Jane Latman (pictured) as general manager for Travel Channel. This expands Latman’s portfolio, which also sees her serve as executive vice president for development and research at Investigation Discovery (ID) and American Heroes Channel. Latman is also general manager for Destination America. She has worked with Discovery since 2003. […]

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 ‘still has bullets’ for deals post-Scripps

Discovery Communications is “not out of bullets” to use for company acquisitions despite its US$14.6 billion takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief exec has said. The Scripps deal will create one of the largest media companies in the US, and includes US$2.7 billion worth of new debt for Discovery. However, this will […]

Scripps expands lifestyle unit as Nat Geo exec joins

Scripps Lifestyle Studios (SLS), the new digital division of Scripps Networks Interactive, is expanding efforts internationally with a focus on digital marketing, global content production and diverse talent development. Simultaneously, National Geographic’s Lynn Sadofsky has joined the New york office at SLS parent Scripps Networks Interactive as a vice president of programming and development for […]

Viacom out of running for Scripps

Viacom’s plan to buy US cable channels group Scripps Networks Interactive appears to be over. Separate US reports claim that concerns over a planned all-cash acquisition spooked Wall Street and led to Viacom deciding against a deal for the Travel Channel owner. This effectively leaves Discovery Communications as the only suitor for Scripps, which is […]

ProSieben, Scripps agree huge lifestyle deal

ProSiebenSat.1 and Scripps Networks Interactive have agreed a 1,200-hour programming deal that will see a raft of SNI shows go out on the German broadcaster’s channels. The deal covers factual, factual entertainment and lifestyle programming from SNI, which will air on branded blocks on the Sixx, ProSieben Maxx and Kabel Eins Doku nets in Germany. […]

Travel Channel hires ex-Discovery exec

US cable network Travel Channel has hired former Discovery Communications exec Anna Geddes as its director of programming. She will in part replace Anna Garwood, who left her post as director of production and talent relations to join BSTV in January. Geddes is best known as a showrunner for TLC shows such as Say Yes […]

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