Discovery Networks International

Discovery hires former Miramax CEO

Discovery Networks International has drafted in Mike Lang, the former CEO of US studio Miramax, in a new role. Lang has been named in the new post of executive VP, international development and digital at the Silver Springs-based broadcast and content group. He will in part succeed David Schafer, who led digital efforts for international […]

Discovery hires Nat Geo’s Sayer

Discovery Networks International has poached factual production veteran Ed Sayer to join Phil Craig’s new look content team. Sayer will be VP, production and development, factual, reporting to DNI executive VP and chief creative officer Craig, who has been looking to develop a new style of high-end factual programming dubbed ‘new chip’ since joining from […]

Discovery buys Setanta Sports Asia

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific is buying Setanta Sports Asia, a premium sports channel specialising in rugby coverage. Commenting on the deal, Discovery Networks International president, JB Perrette, said that it marked an “important investment for Discovery” as it looks to further expand its business in Asia. “Similar to the strategy we have adopted for Eurosport, we […]

Former Discovery exec joins ProSiebenSat.1

Henrik Ravn has been appointed COO and CCO of the German-speaking broadcast operations of ProSiebenSat.1. He joins the German broadcast group having left Discovery late last year amid a restructure at the factual channels giant that saw his responsibilities fall to Dee Forbes. At ProSiebenSat.1 Ravn will oversee the core free-to-air business as well as work across […]

Fox denies Discovery takeover report

Twenty First Century Fox has moved swiftly to deny reports that its executives have held early-stage takeover talks with Discovery Communications. The US-listed giant, whose assets include the Fox broadcast network, numerous US and international cable channels and a US movie studio, was reported by the Australian Financial Review to have met with Discovery two […]

Discovery reports highest-ever international reach

Discovery Networks International said that its portfolio of channels reached 654 million viewers in Q4, a 4% year-on-year increase and its highest-ever international reach.  Announcing the figures ahead of its fourth quarter earnings announcement this week, Discovery said it had a “record-setting quarter and year” with its channels and brands receiving a 10% full-year increase […]

Discovery to drop SBS brand in Nordics

Discovery is to drop the SBS brand from its Nordic unit SBS Discovery and rebrand it as Discovery Networks Sweden. The change will be implemented in full by the summer, with a new logo and corporate identity to be adopted. Discovery Networks International acquired SBS Nordic from ProSiebenSat.1 in 2013 and integrated it in its […]

Eurosport takes Geneva Open rights

Eurosport has signed a three-year deal to carry the new ATP Geneva Open tennis tournament. The deal will run from 2015 to 2017 and includes exclusive TV and digital rights across all 54 territories covered by Eurosport in Europe, with the exception of Switzerland, where coverage will be non-exclusive. The clay-court tournament will take place […]

Ten bidding moves towards conclusion

The man who represented for sale-Network Ten’s largest single shareholder on the broadcaster’s board has resigned, as a deadline for bids for the Australian firm looms large. Paul Mallam, who represented BruceGordon and has sat on the board for four years, unexpectedly announced his resignation via the Australian Stock Exchange. This came as the Australian […]

Cosmos TV Belarus adds four

Belarusian pay TV provider Cosmos TV has added four new channels to its Regional package. The operator is adding factual channels Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, Discovery-owned lifestyle channel TLC and domestic teleshopping channel Doma TV to its line-up. At the same time, the pay TV provider is dropping four channels – movie channels Dom […]