Discovery Communications has signed major development deals with Shine Group, All3Media and WTFN as part of an initiative to create content franchises for its international channels.
Discovery Studios, in partnership with Discovery Networks in the U.S. and internationally, will work with production partners on a non-exclusive basis to develop and commission original lifestyle, specialist, factual and general entertainment formats for its international networks.
Discovery Studios will commit to pilot ideas generated out of each team in the two year deal.
“Our partnership with these leading global production companies allows Discovery Communications to continue our leadership in the industry by offering our viewers the best creative programming available,” said Lee Bartlett, executive vice president, global production management, business & legal affairs.
This news follows Discovery Studios previously announced deals with producers Eddie Barbini (Dirty Jobs), Rob Hammersly (MythBusters) and Daniel Soiseth (America’s Next Top Model and Hell’s Kitchen) to develop and create content for Discovery’s portfolio of networks.