Discovery Communications Expands Studios’ Reach with Top Production Houses and Producers to Develop Content for Channels Worldwide
Shine, All3 Media and WTFN Sign for two years as first production companies to this new initiative
(Silver Spring, Md.) Discovery Communications today announced the launch of a new virtual global unit as part of Discovery Studios to focus on developing major content franchises for its global channels business. Several significant global programming development deals have been signed with world-renowned international production groups, Shine Group, All3Media and WTFN as part of this new initiative.
Discovery Studios, in partnership with Discovery Networks in the US and internationally, will work with these top production partners on a non-exclusive basis to develop and commission original lifestyle, specialist, factual and general entertainment formats for Discovery’s networks around the world including Discovery Channel and TLC. Through this new arrangement, Studios commits to pilot ideas generated out of each team. Strong channel position and extensive global reach enables Discovery to maximize the distribution of its content, making the company an attractive partner for top global production houses.
“Our partnership with these leading global production companies allows Discovery Communications to continue our leadership in the industry by offering our viewers the best creative programming available,” said Lee Bartlett, executive vice president, Global Production Management, Business & Legal Affairs. “Discovery has one of the strongest distribution footprints in media with popular and respected brands in more than 180 countries, and we are committed to delivering the best storytelling and most compelling characters across all of those platforms.”
Discovery Studios recently announced key overall deals with top producers, including Eddie Barbini (DIRTY JOBS), Rob Hammersly (MYTHBUSTERS) and Daniel Soiseth (AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and HELL’S KITCHEN) to develop and create content for Discovery’s portfolio of networks.
Discovery Communications’ portfolio of global brands is led by Discovery Channel, available in more than 180 markets; Animal Planet, available in more than 170 markets; Discovery Science, available in more than 100 markets; ID: Investigation Discovery, available in more than 50 markets; Discovery HD, available in more than 80 markets around the world; and TLC, Discovery’s new global flagship entertainment and lifestyle network targeting women, now available in nearly 30 markets.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Discovery HD, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. Discovery Networks International distributes 21 international brands, reaching more than one billion cumulative subscribers with programming available in more than 40 languages. For more information please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
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