Discovery CEEMEA pens package deal with Zodiak

In a deal with London-based distributor Zodiak Rights, Discovery Networks CEEMEA has acquired more than 120 hours of British programming to air in its Central and Eastern Europe territories. (Pictured: The Undateables)
September 27, 2012

Discovery Networks CEEMEA has picked up more than 120 hours of British programming to air in its Central and Eastern Europe territories in a deal with London-based distributor Zodiak Rights.

The package includes more than 50 hours of UK indie Betty’s programming, including season one and two of Channel 4 series Food Hospital (8 x 60-minutes); Wedding House (10 x 60-minutes); Hoarders: Get Your House in Order (6 x 60-minutes); seasons one and two of Beauty & The Beast (6 x 60-minutes/4 x 60-minutes); and season one of The Undateables (pictured above, 3 x 60-minutes).

Discovery also acquired one-off BBC specials, including Coming Out Diaries (1 x 60-minutes) and Desperately Hungry Housewives (1 x 60-minutes).

From Firecracker Films, the net picked up season two of My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (7 x 60-minutes), spin-off series Thelma’s Gypsy Girls (6 x 60-minutes) and My Mom Is… (6 x 60-minutes), a U.S. production for OWN and Discovery Fit & Health.

Discovery acquired series five of Maverick Television’s Embarrassing Bodies (8 x 60-minutes) and seasons one and two (3 x 60-minutes/8 x 60-minutes) of Embarrassing Bodies: From The Clinic, as well as Special Edition Films’ BBC3 documentaries Jono: So What If My Baby Is Born Like Me? and Jono: Finding My Family Online.

From the Zodiak Media catalog, the network picked up season six of IWC’s Media’s Extreme Fishing (8 x 60-minutes), RDF Television’s Channel 4 doc Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder and UKTV series Bush Pilots (10 x 60-minutes).

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