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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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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