TLC UK to host OWN programming block

Discovery Networks International is rolling out a programming block made up of OWN series, including Oprah's Next Chapter (pictured), on the soon to launch TLC channel in the UK, and has also picked up Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.
April 4, 2013

Discovery Networks International is rolling out a programming block made up of OWN series, including Oprah’s Next Chapter (pictured), on the soon to launch TLC channel in the UK, and has also picked up Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.

The multi-year OWN deal will include Oprah’s Next Chapter, featuring in-depth interviews with news makers and celebrities; Oprah’s Master Class, in which Winfrey uncovers lessons from Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels, and Sidney Poitier; Oprah’s Lifeclass, where Winfrey highlights the lessons and principles that guides her life; and Super Soul Sunday, an inspirational block of programming.

The content is part of the broad-based general entertainment programming that will make up the new TLC channel when it launches on April 30, with the network stating that there are possibilities for additional launches of OWN blocks on other DNI networks in the months ahead.

“We are so proud to build on the great success that we have had airing Oprah’s Next Chapter with Lance Armstrong and Justin Bieber,” said Luis Silberwasser, EVP and chief content officer for DNI. “This is the next phase in showcasing the content that is like no other, the kind that only Oprah and her team at OWN can deliver.”

“OWN’s success in the U.S. has afforded us this opportunity to expand our programming internationally, reaching Oprah’s dedicated fans around the world,” added Erik Logan, president of OWN. “We are seeing great demand for our series as we continue to build our worldwide audience.”

OWN’s other programming will continue to be distributed internationally by Passion Distribution.

In related news, Electus International has sold Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures’ Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls to DNI.

The extreme adventure reality competition series, which sees Bear Grylls putting teams of two into the wild, will premiere on Discovery Channel in third quarter of this year,airing in 218 countries and territories across Western Europe, CEEMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Get Out Alive will also premiere in the U.S. on NBC this summer.

“Survival is such a key genre for us and having Bear back home on Discovery Channel internationally is a great win for us,” said Silberwasser. “Joining Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls with our recently announced original commission, Bear’s Ultimate Survival, will guarantee our viewers the compelling heart-pumping programming that they expect of us.”

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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 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.