DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL LEAPS INTO 2015-16 UPFRONT SEASON
- Television's Only 24/7 Network for the Entire Family Announces
200 Hours of New Programming -
(New York, NY) - Discovery Family Channel, America's leading entertainment network for the entire family, today announced its 2015-16 Upfront slate of programming. With 200 hours of new programming and more than 20 new series in the pipeline, Discovery Family Channel will build off of the strong foundation established when the network transitioned from The Hub in October 2014. Since launch, Discovery Family Channel has marked four consecutive months of month-to-month growth in Prime among household delivery[i] - and in Q1 2015 to date, Discovery Family Channel remains the #1 most co-viewed children's cable network among Kids 2-11, watching with Adults 18-49[ii]. DFC is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (DCI), in which DCI is the majority stakeholder. With a broadened focus on family-friendly series across a variety of genres in primetime and Hasbro Studios' award-winning children's content airing in daytime, Discovery Family Channel features a clever mix of entertaining, high-quality real-world content that appeals to the entire family.
"Discovery Family Channel is off to a fast and furious start - and we're confident that the best is yet to come," said Tom Cosgrove, general manager, Discovery Family Channel. "With a solid daytime anchored by beloved Hasbro properties like MY LITTLE PONY, and a revved up primetime schedule filled with everything from wildlife and pets to history and mystery - and a spate of upcoming original new series on the horizon - we're poised to continue our growth trajectory as we super-serve families with content they can enjoy together."
With exciting primetime premieres of MY DOG'S CRAZY ANIMAL FRIENDS (April 9), HORRIBLE HISTORIES (April 10), and WEIRD, WILD AND DEADLY (April 15) on the horizon, Discovery Family Channel is television's only 24/7 entertainment destination to bring the entire family together to share a sense of fun, wonder and amazement about the world. Discovery Family Channel's 2015-16 Upfront slate features the following:
FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI (wt)
This all-new original series brings viewers into the world of award-winning eminent theatrical animal trainer Bill Berloni. Known as a tireless advocate for animals and for casting and cultivating Sandy - the dog featured in the original run of Broadway's beloved Annie - Berloni possesses the unique ability to transform shelter dogs into stars. FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI (wt) will follow Berloni in his work as an animal trainer, while also spotlighting his dedication to rescue work. Berloni's personal passion for animal activism has opened up the door to a pool of untapped talent - allowing him to rescue countless homeless dogs, and to give them a second life as stars on stage.
AMERICAN FINDERS (WT)
Ever wanted to go back and thank someone? A family member, a long lost friend, a teacher or even a stranger who did something that changed your life? This all-new series features folks who do just that - meet Mike and Jesse, professional 'finders' who will stop at nothing to let people finally say 'thank you'.
BEASTS BEHAVING BADLY
What happens when the wild world and "real" world collide? This series features the authentic stories behind the best clips of wild animals invading human spaces.
BABIES BEHAVING BADLY
What do babies really do when we aren't looking? This series shows how the littlest humans mimic their parents, argue with their siblings, and make their point as strongly as they can - sometimes, at inopportune moments.
Whose face inspired Lady Liberty? What's in the secret vault behind Mt. Rushmore, and why? If you have ever wondered what the tour guides aren't saying, this is the series for you.
WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY HOUSE?
Every house has a history made up of the incredible stories of the families who lived there before you. Join us as we find out who's been sleeping in your house.
Grab the blankets and popcorn! Discovery Family Channel will air over 60 new movies in 2015/16, including some of the funniest, most beloved family-friendly films - like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Paramount DWA), Alice in Wonderland (Disney ABC), Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Brothers), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (20th Television) - as well as favorite 'throwback' flicks, including Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (Paramount) and The Princess Bride (20th Television).
SPECIALS AND EVENTS
SUMMER MOVIE MADNESS
It's hot outside - so why not spend your July evening with Discovery Family during our SUMMER MOVIE MADNESS? Tune-in throughout the month to see your favorite family-friendly movies. (Titles to be announced at a later date)
August finds the country embroiled in the Dog Days of Summer - and what better way to celebrate than by tuning into Discovery Family Channel with your favorite four-legged friend! Throughout August, DFC will showcase your all-time favorite, totally paweseome, animal-themed specials and movies for all to enjoy while you escape the heat! FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI (wt) will premiere in PAWGUST; additional programming to be announced at a later date.
BRING US BACK TO THE FUTURE
Rev up the DeLorean - the future has arrived! 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future, the worldwide cultural phenomenon and highest grossing film of 1985. This October, Discovery Family Channel will commemorate the occasion with a marathon of all three of the franchise's movies, as well as various interstitials including a "where are they now" look at the cast.
PROJECT THANK YOU
This November, join Discovery Family Channel to showcase the best and most touching stories of families, friends and strangers getting the chance to say 'thank you' to the people who changed their lives.
12 DAYS OF OUR CHRISTMAS
Here at Discovery Family Channel, we like to celebrate Christmas in our very own way so we're livin' it up with the 12 days of OUR Christmas. Complete with holiday originals, movie favorites and a month of surprises, we'll be sure to make your holiday fantastic. Programming slate to be announced at a later date.
LITTLEST PET SHOP SEASON 4
Blythe lives in the big city, right above the Littlest Pet Shop, a day-camp for all types of pets. Her adventures begin when she discovers that she can talk to the animals and joins them on fantastical adventures filled with music.
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC SEASON 6
In the magical land of Equestria, the studious young unicorn Princess Twilight Sparkle lives in the village of Ponyville where she and her five pony friends teach one another about the most powerful magic of all - the magic of friendship!
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE'S BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES SEASON 4
In Berry Bitty Adventures, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends live in the delightfully quirky community of Berry Bitty City, a miniature town tucked into a strawberry patch. There, she and her friends run shops and go on fantasy adventures that emphasize friendship, teamwork and fun!
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS SEASON 4
Meet the Rescue Bots - Heatwave, Boulder, Blades, & Chase, first-responder Autobots who, alongside the local Burns family, keep the high-tech island of Griffin Rock safe from disasters. Their mission: to protect, learn from, & work with humans.
About Discovery Family
Since its debut in October 2014, Discovery Family has marked four consecutive months of month-to-month grown in Prime among household delivery[iii], and has grown its viewership by double digits in daytime, attracting children and their parents to Hasbro Studio's popular animation programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS.
Available in nearly 70 million U.S. homes, Discovery Family is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro. The smart entertainment choice for families, Discovery Family offers award-winning children's animation programming in Daytime with the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres at night.