Discovery Networks International

Scripps appoints Discovery veteran as European programming boss

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has appointed long-time Discovery Networks International executive, Katharina Feistauer, as its vice president of programming. Feistauer will take up her role in December and will be responsible for programme planning and strategy, as well as leading content sourcing and acquisitions. She will report to Scripps Networks UK and EMEA’s senior […]

Discovery brings Eurosport sales team into fold

Pay TV giant Discovery Communications is merging some of regional distribution teams with those from its sports network Eurosport. Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa is merging with its Eurosport counterparts under the leadership of VP, distribution Oxana Yanushkovskaya. The long-serving Benjamin Deshayes will continue to manage the Eurosport sales agencies, […]

Discovery claims best international quarter

Pay TV giant Discovery Communication’s international division has claimed the second quarter of this year was its biggest-ever in terms of total viewers. Discovery Networks International reported 621 million viewers watched its networks globally in Q2, claiming “record viewing levels and online growth internationally”. DNI, which operates channels in 220 territories, said its total audience […]

Discovery names Turnbull Fatafeat boss

Discovery Networks International has appointed Hearst Magazines director Amanda Turnbull as managing director of its Middle Eastern food channel, Fatafeat. Turnbull will lead the pay TV channel from this morning and be responsible for its strategic and operational management, as well as being the primary point of contact for day-to-day business development. This comes after […]

Discovery seeks international content chief as Silberwasser leaves

Discovery Networks International is recruiting for a chief creative officer following the news that Luis Silberwasser and Julian Bellamy are leaving the company. Bellamy’s move to ITV was made official yesterday and Silberwasser’s departure was relayed to Discovery staff via an internal memo from new international president JB Perette. Perrette told Discovery employees that a […]

ITV hires Discovery’s Bellamy

ITV has poached Julian Bellamy from Discovery and he will replace the outgoing Denise O’Donoghue as managing director of its content unit ITV Studios. Bellamy is currently creative director and head of commissioning at Discovery Networks International and has been instrumental in the factual channel operators original programming drive. At ITV he will succeed Denise […]

Discovery launching ID Xtra channel in CEE and MEA

Discovery is launching ID Xtra in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new channel, ID Extra, will roll out on April 1. Discovery already operates the Investigation Discovery channel in the region and the new service will sit alongside the existing brand. The new female-skewed channel will be programmed with real-life mystery, […]

Sullivan, Sapan and Hollinger top DTVE Euro 50 Awards 2014

Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan and Discovery Networks International CEO Mark Hollinger were among the big winners at DTVE’s 2014 Euro 50 awards last night. Held this year at Amsterdam’s prestigious Hilton Hotel on the second day of Cable Congress, the prize ceremony saw Sky’s Sullivan fight off tough competition […]

Discovery promotes Honeycutt to new CTO role

Discovery Communications ahs promoted John Honeycutt to the role of chief technology officer. Honeycutt was previously executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Discovery Networks International, based in London. In the newly created position, Honeycutt will lead Discovery’s consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. He will be charged with developing a long-term […]

Discovery’s Zaslav: Eurosport will be “ESPN of Europe”

Discovery plans to deepen Eurosport’s local presence in key markets, including the acquisition of local content rights, possibly in partnership with local distribution platforms, according to Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav. Speaking on a conference call after Discovery announced strong 2013 financials, Discovery said that Eurosport is “the ESPN of Europe” and “a fantastic […]