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Extra: Discovery heads to Pluto TV; “Goodbye Aleppo” wins at Int’l Emmys

Discovery heads to Pluto TV Free streaming TV platform Pluto TV has signed a multi-year content deal with Discovery that will bring a selection of Discovery’s TV content to Pluto TV’s ...
November 20, 2018

Discovery heads to Pluto TV

Free streaming TV platform Pluto TV has signed a multi-year content deal with Discovery that will bring a selection of Discovery’s TV content to Pluto TV’s platform of live, linear and on-demand entertainment.

The deal means Pluto will stream content from the libraries of six Discovery-owned networks for free, including content from Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Life, Science Channel and TLC.

Select episodes from series including Discovery Channel’s Misfit Garage, TLC’s Kate Plus 8, Animal Planet’s River Monsters and ID’s Dates from Hell will be included, among others.

“Having our world-class Discovery content as part of Pluto’s offering reinforces Discovery’s commitment to reach all viewers across all screens, platforms and devices,” said Gabriel Sauerhoff, SVP of digital distribution at Discovery, in a statement. “We are excited to provide audiences another way to access the shows that they love, while also introducing these brands and series to new viewers.”

Discovery programming is set to launch on Pluto TV this month.

Goodbye Aleppo wins at Int’l Emmy Awards

The winners of the International Emmy Awards were unveiled at a gala in New York on Monday (Nov. 19).

The awards ceremony, presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, was attended by 1,000 television professionals from around the world and hosted by comedian Hari Kondabolu at the New York Hilton.

The winner in the documentary category was Journeyman Pictures’ Goodbye Aleppo (pictured), about citizen journalists trapped in East Aleppo as the Syrian Army, the Russians, Iran and Iran-backed militias gradually took the city from opposition fighters in December 2016.

The winner in the non-scripted entertainment category, meanwhile, was Did You Get the Message?, a hidden camera comedy format centered around “getting the message across” in a unique way, whatever the message and whoever the intended audience may be.

“For people who work in television across the globe, this is the best of times. Despite change and uncertainty around the world, programming thrives,” said International Academy president and CEO Bruce L. Paisner at the gala. “We congratulate the winners for helping to make television better and better.”

Part2, Metabook partner on Twin Peaks origin docuseries

Brooklyn-based prodco Part2 Pictures has partnered with Metabook Films, a publisher and production studio, on an option deal for the upcoming true crime book Blonde, Beautiful and Dead: The Murder Mystery that Inspired Twin Peaks by David Bushman and Mark Givens.

The series, titled Blonde, Beautiful and Dead, will explore the real-life murder of a young woman from Sand Lake, New York, where Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost’s grandmother lived. The mysterious death served as an inspiration for Frost in the creation of the character Laura Palmer in the ABC television series, later revived at Showtime. Frost has been tapped to write the foreword to the book.

The deal will see Part2 adapting the book as a docuseries, in association with Metabook Films. The two companies will be offering the project to premium cable networks and streaming platforms.

Executive producers will include Part2 president David Shadrack Smith and Amy Bucher, and Metabook founder Benjamin Alfonsi. Metabook CEO Christian Alfonsi and publisher Ken Siman will serve as co-executive producers. Bushman and Givens will serve as consulting producers.

“This is one of those stories that you can just see and feel the second you hear about it,” said Smith in a statement. “It has all the texture and twists of Twin Peaks but has the beauty of being true crime with a current day investigation unfolding alongside the events of the past.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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