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Discovery Communications to introduce science with a new look

April 13, 2011

Discovery Communications, the network which is watched in more than 68 million homes, has come up with a new look and television’s most dynamic logo “Morph”. The channel will reveal its new look on Science on June 8 at 10:00 PM, in combination with the world premiere second season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

Morph has been design in a way that it will change its shape, texture and sound constantly to surprise and challenge even the most daring and wild imaginations.

Debbie Adler Myers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Science said that, Science is more than a channel; it’s a multifaceted, multiplatform community that captures a distinct zeitgeist within their culture. To reflect that, they were officially dropping the “Channel” from their network name. He added, he was thrilled to unveil their new logo, Morph. It’s futuristic, it’s novel and there is nothing else like it on television. Morph is constantly in motion and always would be changing, on-air and online.

The Science will not only change in its look and packaging but also in its content and the way of looking.

Commenting on this new move Myers further added, he always said that Science is far more provocative than men in white lab coats. It’s for people who look at the world differently. Science is full of questions, curiosity, mystery, and wonder. It rides the edge of what’s possible. They were not changing the direction of the network; they were just recruiting a bigger audience to sample the joys of Science.

Discovery Networks adds new international production unit

December 8, 2010


Discovery Networks International, world’s largest non-fiction and sci-fi TV content creator has incorporated a new international production unit for the betterment and expansion of its content. The unit will facilitate the advanced content requirement to the whole of company’s spread network across the globe.

Luis Silberwasser has been handed over the duties and responsibilities of this new development unit. He will look after the whole management and operations as Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer. He reports to president and chief executive officer at Discovery Networks International.

The unit will create content for Discovery’s large portfolio of international channels, which include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, ID: Investigation Discovery and TLC that are distributed globally.

Regional Discovery channels include Discovery Kids in Latin America, DMAX in Germany and QUEST in the U.K.

The programmer offers six to eight channels in many international markets. The company runs operations in around 180 nations in the world.

A new Sony entertainment channel is close to agreeing a launch on Sky Digital, according to reports. Sony Pictures Television will combine general programming with films from its back catalogue on the new channel. Broadcast understands the company is in the latter stages of negotiations over channel 157, a slot previously held by Film 24, which went into liquidation several months ago. The Asian general entertainment equivalent, Sony Entertainment Television Asia has been available in the UK since 1996.

December 8, 2010


BBC Earth, the natural history brand for BBC Worldwide, and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s Reliance Big Entertainment Tuesday announced a deal to partner on three motion pictures for the global audience.

All three films – “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D”, “Africa 3D” and “Life” – will be distributed by Reliance Entertainment’s international film sales and financing subsidiary IM Global, a statement by the groups said.

“By partnering Reliance BIG Entertainment, we have the opportunity to realise a long-held ambition of making BBC Earth 3D feature films,” said Marcus Arthur, BBC Worldwide’s managing director of global brands.

“‘Earth’ demonstrated the huge appetite of audiences for quality natural history filmmaking and the 3D experience of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ and ‘Africa’ will allow audiences to immerse themselves in our incredible content as never before.”

This pact with BBC Earth is another major global project for the Anil Ambani Group after the one with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider for DreamWorks Studios and the joint venture with the production company of Hollywood actor-director Tom Hanks to produce “Electric City” as an animated internet series and online game.

Reliance Big had also entered into development deals with the firms of Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.

In the latest BBC Earth partnership, the first theatrical feature to be co-produced will be a $65 million 3D live action feature “Walking with the Dinosaurs 3D” inspired by the BBC’s landmark brand under the same name.

The picture will be co-directed by Pierre De Lespinois of Los Angeles and Alaska-based 3D studio Evergreen Films and BBC Earth’s Neil Nightingale, who was formerly the head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

BBC Earth and Evergreen Films will be working with Academy Award-winning animation house Animal Logic of “Happy Feet” fame, and leading animation producer Jinko Gotoh, Associated with “9” and “Finding Nemo” on the film.

The second co-production will be a $25 million documentary feature “Africa 3D” that will be filmed alongside BBC’s forthcoming major landmark TV series by the same name.

This production, too, will be in partnership with Evergreen Films.

Global distribution for both films will be handled by financing powerhouse IM Global which will begin international sales on “Walking with Dinosaurs” at the forthcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica.

At the Santa Monica event, IM Global will also launch worldwide sales of BBC Earth’s documentary feature “Life” which is in post-production and will be released theatrically during 2011, the companies said.

This documentary is an imaginative and vividly captured series of stories from the animal kingdom that follows the full cycle of animal life to the birth of the next generation.

Co-Directed by Mike Gunton of “Yellowstone” and “Life on Air” fame and Martha Holmes, who has been associated with “The Blue Planet” and “Life in the Freezer”, it has been produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose.

This film is inspired by the award winning TV series of the same name which has been broadcast in 50 countries and in the US and has garnered more than 75 million viewers, the two groups said.

BBC Earth’s previous feature film “Earth” grossed $119 million worldwide when it was released theatrically in 2007, while “Walking with Dinosaurs” broke new ground when it was first broadcast in 1999, with over 700 million viewers worldwide.

“The franchise has since spawned over 70 licensed publications, consumer and educational products around the world including a live arena show that has grossed more than $200 million in the past three years,” the two groups said.

The narrative of the feature tells the story of a migrating dinosaur family, torn apart and then reunited during the Cretaceous period, 70 million years ago.

The film will use new Lidar (Light, Detection and Ranging) technology to combine live action and animation in new ways, as well as groundbreaking 3D camera, to create a level of invisibility between the live action and virtual world never seen before.

Animal Planet to air Michael Jackson and Bubbles on 31 October

October 18, 2010

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The dancing machine Michael Jackson shared a very special relationship with his once-confidante Bubbles – which became the world’s most famous chimpanzee after accompanying Jackson on his meteoric rise to the top but subsequently disappeared from the public eye in the mid 90s.

Animal Planet will air a special programme on the close relationship between the two in Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story chronicling the unseen footage and untold stories, revealed through those who witnessed their friendship throughout the years.

Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story premieres on 31 October at 9 pm on Animal Planet. The programme repeats on 1 November at 4 pm.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president & general manager India Rahul Johri said, “Animal Planet connects viewers to the natural world through captivating characters and stories that inform, entertain and celebrate the wildlife on our planet. Offering intrigue relationships, unscripted drama, pet entertainment, and gripping encounters, Animal Planet is dedicated to mankind’s eternal
fascination with the creatures that share our world.”

When millions of mourners flocked to Jackson’s memorial service in July 2009, the world reflected on all the eccentricities of a creative genius. Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in the world and the biggest global artist of all time. Adoring fans worshipped him, but Jackson was desperately isolated and lonely. He craved love and
affection, but found solace with an unlikely and trusted companion – a chimpanzee named Bubbles.
Bubbles wore designer clothes, flew first class and made appearances on TV talk shows. The chimp rocked the world’s media and even learned how to moon walk. He joined Michael on his 1987 ‘Bad’ tour of Japan and on other trips around the world. Bubbles became the world’s most famous pet, and for six years they were inseparable, both in public and in private. Their lives seemed to mirror each other: Michael
Jackson the man who never had a childhood and Bubbles, the chimp who grew up almost human. With all the discussion surrounding the shocking death of Michael Jackson, people wondered whatever happened to his beloved chimpanzee, Bubbles. For 20 years Bubbles fate remained a mystery until now.

This revealing story talks to those who witnessed the relationship first hand, including Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson, and explores the complex psychology behind Michael Jackson’s devotion to his chimp and other animals. It also highlights the path Bubbles’ life took once he hit adolescence and when the celebrity could no longer care for him, to where he is now more than 20 years later.

Nat Geo expands wings with Telugu feed

August 21, 2010

National Geographic, the prominent player in science based and intellectual entertainment space has extended its ambit of offering to the subscribers with launching its Telugu feed. The channel will now facilitate Telugu viewers with the content in their own language.

Currently, Nat Geo possesses a viewership of 5 million in the Andhra Pradesh. The channel is looking forward to extend its reach in more homes across the state by making the content simple to understand in Telugu language. Nat Geo is aiming to achieve at least double number of current viewers.

National Geographic is a joint venture between National Geographic TV and Fox Cable Networks and has its operating office in Washington D.C. The channel currently offers 6 channels from its stable in India. They are NGC Wild, NGC, NGC HD, NGC Wild HD, Nat Geo Music and Nat Geo Adventure.

The channel started with the soft launch on 1st August in the state and has been welcomed whole heartedly by all the cable service providers in the state. The channel will also be available in conventional feeds of Hindi and English on different platforms of DTH and digital cable platforms across the state.

Keerthan Adyanthaya (MD, National Geographic Network) launched the Telugu feed of the channel in the state.

Discovery to add 5 more channels to its stable

August 21, 2010

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific is mulling over introducing 5 new channels soon to facilitate Indian viewers with more life centric content. This intention of the network will ensure no.1 position for itself in the English speaking market of the whole region. Also, the addition of these five channels will strengthen its bouquet’s power up to a good 11 channels.

The company has plans of launching Investigation Discovery (emphasizing on investigating stories), a dedicated Military channel, Discovery Home and Health (focusing on female viewers), Discovery Kids (to woo children audience) and Discovery 3D.

The move of launching 5 new channels has come very soon after rolling out of Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo in January 2010. Also, Discovery introduced HD world foraying into High definition format.

Discovery seems to be zeroing in on subject/interest centric content and facilitating its viewers with specialized channels on those subjects. Exploiting maximum of subscriber’s interest is the key policy of network.

Rahul Johri (Sr. VP DNAP) said “The pay TV market in India is evolving at a rapid pace. With distributors being instructed to offer pay channels on à la carte basis, we see demand increasing for pay channels. We have applied for license to launch five more channels in the country.”

He further added “We are already developing 3D content for the US market. The channel will be launched there early next year. With the approvals in place, we would be ready to respond when demand surfaces in the Indian market.”

Canada to get new Discovery channels later this year

June 8, 2010

After Sri Lanka, Canada will also receive digital TV channels from the stable of Discovery Brands. The company holds plan of rebranding of two other channels by the end of this year.

Discovery World HD, a rebranding of Discovery HD, will launch on August 2nd, Investigation Discovery (ID), a new channel to Canada will launch on Monday, August 30th and Discovery Science, a rebranding of Discovery Civilization will launch on Monday, September 27th.

Investigation Discovery by the name suggests is a crime revelation related channel that will includes program content like crime documentaries, criminal investigations etc. Programs of this new channel will include ‘Prison Wives’, ‘On the case with Paula Zahn’ etc.

In addition to the two new stations, the company said it would be rebranding Discovery HD and Discovery Civilization to Discovery World HD and Discovery Science respectively.

On the other hand, Discovery Science, which replaces Discovery Civilization on September 27th, will focus on technological innovations, ingenious breakthroughs and the latest consumer gadgets.

Discovery Brands is a joint venture between Discovery Communications and CTV. It is the company which will regulate the functioning of these channels.

France witnesses showcase of Discovery HD

January 23, 2010

January 26 is the date announced by the Discovery Networks for the launching of new channel Discovery HD Showcase on the CanalSat.

Best Shows of Discovery Group including the exclusive content would be offered by the Channel in highly qualitative HD format for the viewers. Some of the major programmes that will be displayed on new channel are Discovery World, Discovery Turbo, Animal Planet, and Discovery Science. The viewers will be able to watch the whole series of Globe Riders along with the channels that do not operate in France.

The Dish and IPTV viewers, who hold a subscription to the CanalSat HD offer, will possess the privilege of viewing Discovery HD.

Global Broadcasting Rights for ‘Restrepo’ Grabbed by Nat Geo

January 23, 2010

The famous opening night documentary ‘Restrepo’ which was showcased at the Sundance Film Festival will be telecasted globally by National Geographic Channel U.S and National Geographic Channels International, as they grabbed its worldwide TV rights for the viewing of Television consumers.

This marvelous creation is the outcome of the dedicated combined efforts by award winning Photo Journalist Tim Hetherington and Author/Journalist Sebastian Junger. This Documentary portrays the deployment of a platoon of US Soldiers at an isolated 15 man outpost Restrepo, situated in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. This place is considered as one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. Army. Current Theatrical Rights of Restrepo are hold by United Talent Agency.

Discovery Travel & Living launches three new series

March 4, 2009

Discovery Travel & Living has launched three travel series – Rough Guides, Walking the World and Things to Try before You Die, all of which focus on different travel experiences.

Rajiv Bakshi, director, marketing and communications, India, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “With an increasing desire to explore various locales around the world, the three unique travel series will act as ultimate guides to the traveler. The series will undoubtedly encapsulate every desired thrill that a traveler. would want to experience. From in-depth analysis for planning the perfect holiday to gut-wrenching antics, the programmes will keep viewers engaged.”

Rough Guides will provide information on how to choose and plan a budget holiday at various destinations, including wildlife parks, islands, and hip cities. The 17-part series, which went on-air on March 1, will be telecast every Sunday at 9 pm.

Each week, the series will explore the top five destinations in each category – beaches, cities, eco escapes, weekend breaks and hidden gems – before naming the one considered to give travelers the best holiday experience.

Another show, Walking the World will depict dramatic sights and local cultures that a traveler. can experience, simply by walking. The series’ hosts will walk through 10 trails on five continents, exploring the planet’s heights and depths, prehistoric forests and ancient wonders of the world.

Some of the destinations covered in the 10-part series are Tanzania, Alaska, Italy, France, Austria, China and Arizona. The series will be aired on the channel every Monday at 10 pm.

Things to Try before You Die has hosts like Jules Lund, Livinia Nixon and Gary Sweet indulging in the top 30 outrageous and adventurous activities in different destinations across the globe, including the US, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and France. The eight-part series will be aired on the channel every Wednesday at 9 pm.