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UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

Eurosport celebrates 30 years with new brand IT and Spotify initiative

Discovery-owned sports channel Eurosport has launched a new brand identity to mark its 30th anniversary. The brand identity is designed to mark the spirit and sports stars of 1989 across Eurosport linear, digital and social platforms in the form of idents, pre-title sequences and promos. Eurosport has also commissioned several 1989-inspired short-format series, to air […]

Discovery hires former Amazon exec as direct-to-consumer CTO

Discovery has appointed Amazon Marketplace’s former vice-president of technology, Avi Saxena, to the newly created role of chief technology officer for direct-to-consumer. Saxena will oversee the technology systems and global platforms that will serve all of Discovery’s direct-to-consumer products in the US and internationally – including MotorTrend, Eurosport Player and GolfTV. He will also lead Discovery’s […]

Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on March 29. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK by broadcast regulator […]

Discovery to launch DMAX in UK

Discovery is expanding its UK portfolio with a male-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel. DMAX will launch in the UK on 16 January with programmes including adult animated comedy Archer, reality series Naked and Afraid and Man Vs Food and Alaska-set doc series Life Below Zero. The channel is to have an “adventurous tone” that centres around a “more is more” brand that […]

Susanna Dinnage pulls out of Premier League job

Only two months after being appointed CEO of the Premier League, Susanna Dinnage has pulled out of the job. The exec has informed the organisation that she will not take up the position, which was due to start in early 2019, and will instead remain at Discovery, where she most recently served as global president of […]

Discovery strikes European Tour deal for GOLFTV

Discovery has struck a deal with European Tour, expanding the line-up of its forthcoming ‘digital home of golf,’ GOLFTV. Discovery has taken the international multi-platform live rights to all European Tour events in selected territories, which excludes major markets like the US, Canada and, in Europe, the UK, Ireland, France and Scandinavia. The deal also […]

Premier League hires Discovery’s Susanna Dinnage as CEO

Susanna Dinnage, the global president at Discovery’s Animal Planet, has been named as the Premier League’s chief executive. Dinnage will take the helm at Premier League, succeeding Richard Scudamore who has been with the organisation for 19 years. She will begin her role in 2019, but an exact date is yet to be determined. The […]

Discovery’s Zaslav: skinny bundles and D2C to fuel growth

Skinny bundles and direct-to-home distribution will fuel Discovery’s growth as traditional big pay TV bundles continue to decline in attractiveness, according to president and CEO David Zaslav. Speaking on an analyst call as Discovery posted its third quarter numbers, Zaslav said that international subscriptions to its content were growing by 2% to 3%, compared with […]

Eurosport claims French ‘home of tennis’ status after new ATP deal

Discovery-owned Eurosport has struck a new five-year deal with the ATP World Tour and ATP Media to bring 37 ATP world Tour tennis tournaments a season to its platform in France from next year. In addition to the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals and the Next Gen ATP Finals, the five-year agreement incorporates all nine ATP […]

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