Discovery Networks International

TV4, Discovery, MTG and Telia team up in targeted ad initiative

Telia, TV4 Group, Discovery Networks and Modern Times Group (MTG) have teamed up to launch a new targeted advertising initiative in Sweden. The three broadcast groups have teamed up with Telia to provide dynamic advertising insertion on the Telia Play service, delivering localised advertising to individual subscribers based on the screen used and the location […]

Ross out and Finch up as Discovery names post-Scripps team

Discovery has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps 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 leave the company. […]

Discovery restructures EMEA team

Discovery Communications is changing the structure of its EMEA business, after naming Susanna Dinnage as global president for Animal Planet in November. The move will see Discovery consolidate business units that were previously split into the UK, Nordics, Southern Europe and CEEMEA. Discovery believes that one cohesive leadership team can be more focused on optimizing […]

Discovery Latin America president to retire

The president and managing director of Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic, Enrique Martínez,  is due to retire at the end of December after 24-years at the company. Fernando Medin will take over Martínez’s role on January 1, 2018, after being promoted from his existing position as Discovery’s executive vice-president and general manager for Brazil […]

Altice takes on Canal+ with exclusive NBCU, Discovery deals and new premium channel

In a significant ramping up of its strategy to compete head on with French pay TV leader Canal+, cable and telecom group Altice has struck exclusive deals with NBCUniversal and Discovery and unveiled plans to launch a new premium channel dedicated to series and movies. Altice’s French operator SFR is launching a new premium TV […]

Fox hires Nordic boss from Discovery

Fox has hired Hans van Rijn from Discovery to run its operations in the Nordic region. Van Rijn will be general manager of Fox’s international channels and content unit, Fox Networks Group (FNG), in the Nordics. He will run the company’s operations in the region from Copenhagen, Denmark. The FNG bouquet of channels in the […]

German pubcasters fail to secure Olympics deal with Discovery

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

Discovery appoints NRK exec to digital, development role

Discovery Networks Norway has hired the head of new media at public broadcaster NRK to take on a new digital and business development role. Sindre Østgård has been named VP, digital products and business development for Discovery Networks International’s Norway-based arm. He will, however, be responsible for new business in both Norway and Sweden, and […]

UPC Poland adds channels to line-up

Liberty Global-owned Polish cable operator UPC Poland has added Discovery Turbo Xtra and Discovery Science HD to its TV programming line-up. Male-Focused Discovery Turbo Xtra airs shows including Dieselmania, while Discovery Science airs content including Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking. Both channels will be available in UPC Poland’s Select and Max packages.

Finland’s MTV hires Discovery and Viasat execs in management restructure

Bonnier Broadcasting-owned Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV’s CEO Jarkko Nordlund  has named a new management team, with Discovery’s Sami Vikback taking charge of the group’s advertising business and Viasat’s Johannes Leppännen becoming head of pay TV. Nordlund has hired Vikback from Discovery Networks Sweden, where he had the role of revenue director, to take charge of […]

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