Extra: NOS gets Olympics, STV orders Queen Mary doc

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Discovery Communications inks an Olympic Games deal with Dutch broadcaster NOS, while STV Productions is to commemorate The Queen Mary liner (pictured) and UKTV's Dave orders an 8-bit gaming series.
March 21, 2016

Discovery Communications, NOS ink Olympic Games deal

Discovery Communications has secured a TV and multi-platform broadcast agreement with Dutch pubcaster NOS for the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games. Under the deal, NOS will sub-license the free-to-air audio-visual and radio rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games, as well as the digital rights to the content broadcast on its linear channel. Discovery’s pan-European sports network Eurosport holds the exclusive live rights to two sports for both the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games, including ice hockey. Last year, the International Olympic Committee awarded Discovery and Eurosport the exclusive rights – including free-to-air and pay-TV – to the Games from 2018 to 2024.

STV Productions boards The Queen Mary

UK-based prodco STV Productions is slated to mark the 80th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary (pictured) in a copro for BBC Scotland, BBC4 and Smithsonian Channel. Through archive film, photographs and exclusive interviews with some of the ship’s first passengers and past crew members, the as-yet-untitled one-off will offer access to the ocean liner that transported more than 800,000 Allied personnel to Europe during WWII and is now used as a luxury hotel and museum by Hollywood’s elite.

UKTV’s Dave orders 8-bit gaming series

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has ordered the computer gaming series Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit for its entertainment channel Dave. Produced by DLT Entertainment, the 6 x 60-minute series features Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon as they guide two celebrity guest competitors through five rounds of gaming contests – from Pac-Man to Grand Theft Auto – in order to be crowned 8-Bit Champion. O Briain and resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson will provide additional commentary.

The series, which is slated to air this fall, was commissioned by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and network GM Steve North. Dave’s Iain Coyle serves as executive producer alongside Donald Taffner, Jr and Michaela Hennessy-Vass. Darren Sole is listed as series producer with Rohan Acharya producing and Steve Smith series directing.

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