Investigation Discovery Signs Series Development Deal with Journalist Paula Zahn
January 9, 2009
(Los Angeles, Ca.) Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today an exclusive development deal with journalist Paula Zahn. Under the agreement, Zahn and producing partners Scott Weinberger of Weinberger Media and Scott Sternberg of Scott Sternberg Productions will develop a weekly investigative newsmagazine series for ID. Pending a green light, the series will debut in 2009, and Zahn will become network talent for Investigation Discovery.
"Paula's investigative drive makes her a perfect fit for ID," said Deborah Adler Myers, senior vice president, programming, Discovery Emerging Networks. "We're excited to work with her to develop a weekly series that looks at both headline-making cases and the intriguing stories that no one else has covered."
"I am excited to join Investigation Discovery to create a series that's driven by compelling storytelling. The process of uncovering the truth is something I have always been passionate about," said Paula Zahn. "Scott Weinberger, Scott Sternberg and I are looking forward to a long working relationship and new home with ID."
About Paula Zahn
A 30-year news veteran, journalist Paula Zahn most recently anchored for CNN, where she was based in the network's New York bureau and hosted the primetime show Paula Zahn Now. Before joining CNN, Zahn was the host of The Edge with Paula Zahn, a daily news program on Fox News Channel. She joined Fox in 1999 as anchor of its evening news, The Fox Report. Previously she spent 10 years at CBS News, where she co-hosted CBS Morning News and anchored the CBS Evening News Saturday Edition. Earlier, Zahn served as co-anchor of World News This Morning and anchored news segments of Good Morning America on ABC.
Throughout her career, Zahn has interviewed dignitaries and newsmakers, including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, Cuban President Fidel Castro, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, first lady Betty Ford, civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael and human rights activist Winnie Mandela. Zahn has won nine Emmy Awards, the National Commission of Working Women Broadcasting Award and an AWRT Award for reporting on gender bias in education.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition. Providing the highest-quality investigative programming from the past to the present, Investigation Discovery draws on absorbing storytelling techniques that take audiences through the twist and turns of mysteries and stories of justice shaping our culture and defining our world.
About Weinberger Media
Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Scott Weinberger is CEO of Weinberger Media. The New York- based reality television production company just completed season two of the groundbreaking series "The Academy" currently airing on Fox Reality. Prior to launching Weinberger Media, Scott Weinberger served as chief investigative reporter for the CBS flagship station WCBS-TV in New York City, and for nearly a decade was the investigative reporter at the NBC Flagship station WNBC-TV in New York City. Weinberger's extensive investigative experience began as a decorated member of law enforcement.
About Scott Sternberg Productions
Scott Sternberg Productions is a full service television production company focusing on unscripted programming. Emmy-award winning CEO, Scott Sternberg, founded Scott Sternberg Productions in 1991. The firm provides content to broadcast and cable networks, web portals and satellite radio stations. Scott Sternberg Productions also produces branded content for major non-broadcast entities. No Studio Entertainment and Spanglish Entertainment are wholly owned subsidiaries of Scott Sternberg Productions. Both produce regional and local programs, with Spanglish Entertainment providing content for Spanish language outlets. Scott Sternberg Productions is located at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. www.ssprods.com
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 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.