Discovery Communications

Discovery sidesteps Sky to offer Bundesliga football on HD+

Discovery Networks Germany is to launch a Eurosport package on satellite operator SES’s HD+ platform that will include coverage of top-tier German football, sidestepping the need for a deal with Sky. Discovery had earlier indicated that the 45 Bundesliga matches to which it holds exclusive rights would only be available online via Eurosport Player in […]

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 (€12.4 billion) takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief executive 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, […]

Discovery buying Scripps for US$14.6bn

Discovery Communications is acquiring fellow US-based cable group Scripps Networks Interactive for US$14.6 billion (€12.4 billion). The cash-and-stock deal values each Scripps at US$90, a 34% premium of the company’s share price when talks with Discovery first began on Tuesday, July 18. The deal, which is subject to approval of both sets of shareholders and […]

Report: Viacom no longer in running as Scripps turns to Discovery

Viacom is no longer in the running to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, paving the way for a likely bid by Discovery, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, citing unnamed sources, Scripps has decided to negotiate exclusively with Discovery after reviewing the rival bids. The paper reported that heavily […]

Discovery hires Twitter TV chief

Discovery Communications has hired the global head of TV at social media service Twitter, Fred Graver. The industry veteran will become senior VP of digital content and social for Discovery Digital, the division that Karen Leever oversees. Graver will oversee Discovery’s digital networks teams across the US, and report to Discovery’s executive VP and general […]

Report: Discovery back in merger talks with Scripps

Discovery Communications is reportedly in merger talks with Scripps Networks Interactive. According to a Reuters report, Scripps is looking for a buyer and has also held discussions with Viacom. The Discovery negotiations come more than three years after Scripps was first linked to firm. Variety reported in December 2013 that Discovery was considering making a […]

Discovery appoints SVP of data and analytics

Discovery Communications has appointed former Viacom executive, Christopher McGrath, as senior vice president of data and analytics. Reporting to chief technology officer John Honeycutt, McGrath will be responsible for the vision and execution of Discovery’s global data strategy, with a focus on driving innovation and growth across its brands. According to the company, he will […]

ProSieben teams up with Discovery for OTT push

ProSiebenSat.1 (P7S1) and Discovery Communications have joined forces to push OTT in the German market with a combined streaming service. The pair are also looking to add third party channels to a new joint venture streaming service. German TV and media giant P7S1 and global channel operator Discovery will stream a raft of their channels […]

Discovery pushes into drama in Lionsgate partnership

Discovery is pushing further into drama with The Suck, a ten-part Vietnam war series being produced by Lionsgate. The deal comes after Discovery and Liberty invested in the US independent studio, and as Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer told investors the company is growing its strategic relationship with Discovery. The Suck will go out on Discovery in 2018. […]

Discovery strikes raft of Olympic deals

Discovery Communications has struck a series of deal  for its Olympic Games coverage with Polish state broadcaster Telewizja Polska and broadcasters in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania. The agreements cover free-to-air audio-visual rights for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Poland, as well as in […]