[11/15/10 - 08:35 AM]
BBC and Discovery Communications Announce New Partnership and BBC Worldwide Sells Its Interest in Joint Venture to Discovery
The pair were behind such events such as "Life," "Planet Earth," "Blue Planet" and "Wonders of the Solar System."

[via press release from Discovery]

BBC and Discovery Communications Announce New Partnership and BBC Worldwide Sells Its Interest in Joint Venture to Discovery

November 15, 2010

(London and Silver Spring, Md.) The BBC and Discovery Communications today announced a new agreement extending their long term North American co-production partnership.

Under the new agreement, the BBC and Discovery are extending their long-standing strategic programming relationship for co-productions and programme acquisitions for North America by two years to 2014. This partnership has produced widely acclaimed global programming events such as LIFE, Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Wonders of the Solar System.

"This new co-production agreement continues a tradition of developing world class global hits such as Planet Earth and Life that began 25 years ago when Discovery launched in the US," said Mark Hollinger, President and CEO of Discovery Networks International.

Director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett, says: "This extended deal with Discovery enables us to continue producing the most ambitious and creative landmark factual programming for viewers until 2014 and provides exceptional value for licence fee payers. It will enable us to build on some of the natural history and specialist factual co-productions we already have planned, such as David Attenborough's epic series about the cycle of seasons, Frozen Planet, for 2011."

In addition, BBC Worldwide is selling to Discovery its 50 percent interest in the global TV channels joint venture Animal Planet and Liv for $156m. Following the exit of this joint venture, BBC Worldwide will concentrate on the expansion of its wholly owned channel brands, which include BBC America, BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle, BBC HD and CBeebies, which reach 107m subscribers in over 100 countries.

"The launch and growth of BBC-branded international channels is an important strategic priority for BBC Worldwide and the sale of the 50% interest in Animal Planet and Liv will enable us to bring increased focus to these fast-growing channels, and to progress a number of other strategic priorities" said John Smith, Chief Executive Officer, BBC Worldwide. "The sale is also consistent with the BBC Trust review of BBC Worldwide which was published in November 2009."

Commenting on the sale by BBC Worldwide to Discovery of Animal Planet and Liv, Mark Hollinger added, "Acquiring BBC Worldwide's rights to the Animal Planet and Liv channel brands provides Discovery a strategic opportunity to create additional revenue and growth opportunities for our global business."

Animal Planet is a global channel brand reaching nearly 250 million cumulative subscribers in more than 170 markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Liv is a general entertainment channel brand reaching 24 million cumulative subscribers in 33 Latin American markets.

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of �145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of �1074 million (including Group revenue and the Group's share of joint-ventures' revenue).

BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen's Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognised the company's substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years' trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the licence fee payer.

For more information please visit www.bbcworldwide.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 180 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. In the UK, Discovery has13 channel brands. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

  [november 2010]  


[10/20/16 - 09:31 AM]
CBS Orders "Salvation," A New Event Series for Broadcast in Summer 2017
A suspense thriller, the series centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery - that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

[10/20/16 - 09:07 AM]
Rise and 'Shine... Discovery's "Moonshiners" Returns Tuesday, November 15 at 9PM ET/PT
This season these master whiskey makers are putting everything on the line to evolve their craft and take their handmade liquor to the next level.

[10/20/16 - 08:48 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front Among Adults 18-49
The Alphabet leads the night with its coverage of The Third Presidential Debate.

[10/20/16 - 08:33 AM]
Award-Winning Comedian Ricky Gervais Brings Brent Back! David Brent: Life on the Road Premieres on Netflix February 10, 2017
Directed, written and produced by award-winning, comedic genius Gervais, David Brent: Life on the Road sees a documentary crew catching up with the idiosyncratic David Brent from the BBC2's mockumentary "The Office."

[10/20/16 - 07:35 AM]
OneRepublic to Rock Rotterdam at the 2016 MTV EMAs
The multi-platinum pop-rock quintet will join host Bebe Rehxa and previously-announced performers Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Lukas Graham and Zara Larsson on stage.

[10/20/16 - 07:14 AM]
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 2 Slays Records as the Most Viewed Season of a Logo Original Series to Date
Plus: look for a reunion special on October 27 and "Season 6 RuVealed" on November 3.

[10/20/16 - 07:05 AM]
Video: Netflix's "The Crown" Personal Relationships Trailer Reveals the Impact of Being Queen
"The Crown" launches exclusively on Netflix on Friday, November 4, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[10/20/16 - 06:18 AM]
SundanceTV to Feature Iconic TV Classics in New Daytime Programming Block
Said lineup will feature "M*A*S*H," "All In The Family," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and "The Andy Griffith Show."

[10/20/16 - 05:31 AM]
Netflix Announces Acclaimed Film Barry Will Be Available on December 16
Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, a Columbia University alumni, was inspired to tell the story of Barack Obama's time at the university to write the story and direct this narrative feature.

[10/20/16 - 03:01 AM]
Production Begins on "A Worthwhile Life," Hallmark Channel New, Original Movie Starring Adrian Grenier and Amy Smart
Set to premiere early 2017, filming is taking place on location in and around Salt Lake City, Utah.

[10/19/16 - 12:13 PM]
Logo Documentary Films' "Hungry" Spotlights Three Women Chefs Who Are Re-Writing Industry Rules
"Hungry" will premiere on Thursday, November 17 on Logo and is the latest in the network's slate of films that include the Emmy Award-winning "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine."

[10/19/16 - 12:00 PM]
Casting Announced for "The Joey Mac Project"
The Pop series stars Joey as himself in a hilarious quest to be taken seriously as a legit actor that eventually lands him a gig as a talk show host at a cable network called The Comfy Channel.

[10/19/16 - 11:01 AM]
Stars Compete in a Culinary Battle for Charity on an All-New "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown," Monday, January 2, on FOX
Competitors include Trai Byers, Grace Gealey Byers, Nene Leakes, Gregg Leakes, Cheryl Hines, Kal Penn, Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber, Joel Madden and Benji Madden.

[10/19/16 - 10:48 AM]
Discovery's "Gold Rush" Ranks as #1 Show on All of TV on Friday
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, October 14.

[10/19/16 - 10:33 AM]
Christopher Lloyd Joins Syfy's Time-Travel Drama '12 Monkeys" Season Three as Guest Star
Lloyd will play Zalmon Shaw, a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon other's tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into the apocalyptic cult the "Army of the 12 Monkeys."