April 6, 2010
CTV and Discovery Communications Inc. Extend Discovery Canada Joint Venture
– New agreement will further strengthen the portfolio offering Discovery-branded channels in Canada –
Toronto, ON (April 6, 2010) – CTV and Discovery Communications Inc. (DCI) announced today an extension of their Discovery Canada joint venture, including the English-language broadcast rights in Canada for programming from Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, Discovery Health, Discovery HD Theatre and Investigation Discovery.
Under the new multi-year agreement, Discovery Canada will utilize Discovery-branded content on additional platforms such as the internet, video on demand and mobile. In addition, CTV will have the English-language rights to launch new Discovery branded channels in Canada (excluding TLC and Military Channel, and the OWN and Hub joint ventures).
“Having just celebrated 15 groundbreaking years, this is a wonderful time to be charting the course for Discovery Channel Canada’s next decade,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “I couldn’t be more thrilled by this expanded and renewed deal with our DCI partners that will allow us to keep growing, evolving, and continue to set the bar for factual entertainment in Canada.”
“We have enjoyed a successful partnership with CTV in the Discovery Channel Canada joint venture,” said Mark Hollinger, President and CEO of Discovery Networks International. “This new agreement further strengthens the portfolio offering of the Discovery-branded channels in Canada.”
About Discovery Channel Canada
Bold and leading edge, while informing and entertaining, Discovery Channel is Canada’s leading source for factual programming, as it puts a new spin on exploring adventure, science and technology. This award-winning channel covers the scientific beat, from animals to the animalistic side of humanity, from the sea to space, and the latest in innovation. TV Trends and Quality (TVQ) Survey consistently ranks Discovery Channel Canada first among all English-language Canadian specialty networks for overall quality of programming. Discovery Channel is one of the first Canadian specialty channels to offer programs in HDTV and its production house, Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), continues to be internationally recognized as a producer of cutting-edge programming with distribution to more than 150 countries. The channel's website may be found at DiscoveryChannel.ca.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching nearly 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
For more information:
Jodi Cook, Discovery Channel Canada, 416.384.4603 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cecelia Bender, Discovery Communications, 240.662.4268 or email@example.com
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