Discovery Networks International

Discovery promotes Dinnage to UK and Ireland chief

Discovery has promoted Susanna Dinnage to executive vice-president and managing director, Discovery Networks UK and Ireland. Dinnage has been responsible for running Discovery’s UK business since 2011, having joined the company in 2009. She led the launch of female-focused entertainment channel TLC in the UK. Dinnage was previously part of the launch team at Channel […]

JB Perrette to lead Discovery’s international business

JB Perrette has been named as Mark Hollinger’s successor as president of Discovery Networks International. Perrette takes over to lead Discovery Communications’ international channels and content business, which operates in 220 territories and has more than 190 worldwide television channels. All of Discovery’s regional and functional bosses will report into him. Perrette is succeeding Hollinger, […]

Discovery acquires Six Nations Rugby in Italy

Discovery Networks has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to RBS Six Nations Rugby in Italy. Discovery Italy has signed a four-year deal to acquire exclusive sports rights across TV, online and mobile platforms in Italy for the tournament for the 2014-17 seasons. The matches will be broadcast free-to-air and live on Discovery’s DMAX channel, which is available […]

Consumers moving to on-demand but bundling still makes sense, says Discovery

Polish and other central and eastern European customers are increasingly looking to non-linear and advanced TV services, but bundled pay TV remains key to the success of content providers and guarantees continued investment in high value content, according to Mark Hollinger, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International.  Speaking at the Digital TV CEE conference […]

Eurosport exec takes Discovery Asia role

Discovery Networks International has named Eurosport exec Arjan Hoekstra as its new Asia-Pacific chief as former boss Tom Keaveny moves to London for a new global role. Hoekstra will be become president and managing director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific on September 1. He’ll based in Singapore at DNI’s local hub and report into Mark Hollinger, president […]

Volia adds HD channels

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added Discovery HD Showcase and Animal Planet HD to its channel line-up. Volia is adding the channels to the HD packages in 13 cities across the country. The channels will be available within the Volia HD and Premium HD packages.

Discovery to acquire Middle East broadcaster Takhayal

Discovery Communications is to acquire Dubai-based media company Takhayal Entertainment and its affiliated companies in Dubai and Egypt, including flagship food channel Fatafea. In a statement, Discovery said it was in the final stages of formalising the deal. Fatafeat broadcasts to approximately 55 million TV households in the Middle East and north Africa and its in-house […]

Discovery Networks International appoints SVP of branded solutions

Discovery Networks International has appointed Deena Edwards as senior-vice president of global branded solutions. Working with international ad sales teams based around the world, Edwards will develop global and regional branded entertainment solutions for advertising clients across original productions, digital media and Discovery Enterprises International. Edwards has worked for Discovery Communications for 18 years, most […]

Discovery names French chief

Nicolas Bonard has been named general manager, Discovery Networks France. The appointment will see Bonard combine his role as head of the international factual channel operator in France with his role of head of Discovery Enterprises, International, the company’s global programme distribution arm. This comes as Discovery Networks has also promoted Yitz Shmulewitz to the […]

Discovery targets international growth, cautious on OTT

Speaking ahead of Discovery Communications’ ‘upfront’ presentation to advertisers in New York, David Zaslav, president and CEO of the pay TV broadcaster, emphasised the increasing importance of the company’s international business. Zaslav said that while the US market was “very competitive” and “a fight”, some international markets were showing strong signs of growth. “A number […]