Discovery Communications

Discovery licenses Olympic rights in Netherlands

Discovery Communications has licensed the Dutch rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to pubcaster NOS. The linear TV and multiplatform sub-licence agreement means both events will air on Dutch free TV. A stipulation of Discovery’s acquisition of the European rights to the Olympic Games last year was that it must ensure the most […]

Discovery strikes deals with beIN and OSN

Discovery has announced a raft of carriage deals for its channels in the MENA region, adding six to the fledgling entertainment service from beIN, and two new brands to longstanding platform operator OSN. The beIN pay TV service branched out from sport and launched its entertainment line-up last November. It has added six Discovery services, […]

Discovery and Imax strike programming deal

Large-screen cinema company Imax has cut its first TV distribution deal for its original programming and will partner with Discovery on a range of films. The deal gives Discovery an exclusive 18-month global rights window on Imax features after they have played in Imax cinemas. Up to ten films are covered by the agreement. “As […]

Ex-E! chief emerges at Discovery

Former E! Entertainment Network president Suzanne Kolb has joined cable giant Discovery Communications to oversee its 70-plus web-native brands and series. Kolb has been named executive VP and general manager of Discovery Digital Networks, effective immediately. She will report to the EVP and GM of Discovery’s digital media arm, Karen Leever, who said: “We are […]

Discovery launches TVE service Discovery Go in the US

Discovery has launched its first US TV everywhere streaming service, Discovery Go, with a content offering spanning nine US channels – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Velocity, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Life.  The launch of the service was timed to coincide with today’s worldwide premier of flagship documentary […]

Eurosport unveils its biggest rebrand since the ‘90s

Eurosport has undergone a wholesale rebrand, marking the biggest change to its look and feel since the mid-1990s. Antonio Ruiz has joined the sports channel operator at the start of the year as VP, marketing & franchise management, from its parent group Discovery, and told TBI the new-look Eurosport will connect better with fans and […]

Discovery, Liberty Global to take Lionsgate stakes

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global will both take shareholdings in Lionsgate Entertainment. This comes after John Malone, who has dominant stakes in both Discovery and Liberty, joined Lionsgate’s board earlier this year. Both firms will take 3.4% stakes – each equating to five million shares – in the Mad Men firm, from affiliates of MHR Fund Management […]

Discovery says international OTT could generate US$100m

Discovery Communications is evaluating a direct-to-consumer move in the US, in light of its DPlay and Eurosport Play D2C initiatives in Europe, which could deliver as much as US$100 million (€90 million) in additional revenues if targets are reached. “I think it’s early days, but we do have a lot of flexibility here in the US […]

Discovery launches TLC in Turkey via Doğuş partnership

Discovery Communications is to launch its female-focused TLC channel in Turkey following its acquisition of Turkish national free to air entertainment channel CNBC-e from Doğuş Media Group. Launching this November, the new channel will replace CNBC-e and offer a mix of non-scripted and scripted international entertainment and lifestyle programming. Content will include Fear the Walking […]

Discovery targets 3 billion subscribers

Discovery Communications boss David Zaslav has pledged the channel operator will hit three billion subscribers by the end of the year. The Discovery president and CEO was speaking at the company’s first-ever investor day, and told the assembled analysts and shareholders that the company will deliver solid earnings growth in its US domestic market and […]

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