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Discovery, NCTC ink long-term distribution deal

Discovery Communications has reached a multi-year deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative that gives member companies continued access to the cable giant's 13 networks in the United States.
January 7, 2015

Discovery Communications has reached a multi-year distribution deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that gives member companies continued access to the cable giant’s 13 networks in the United States.

The agreement also covers TV Everywhere rights through subscriber authentication on multiple devices. Discovery U.S.’s networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Based in Kansas, the NCTC is a non-profit organization that acts as a programming and hardware purchasing firm for cable operators and owners in the United States.

“This new agreement allows all members full participation rights, and is an example of Discovery’s commitment to build strong partnerships with independent distributors,” said Judy Meyka, NCTC’s exec VP of programming. “We look forward to seeing our member companies benefit from this renewed important partnership.”

In related news, Discovery Channel has hired executive producer John Goldwyn to help expand the network’s scripted slate. His credits include the Fox series Gracepoint, which was produced by Shine America.

The news comes as former Shine America CEO Rich Ross steps into the role of Discovery Channel president.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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