Discovery, Inc. and BBC Studios
have struck a “multi-million pound global content partnership,” the companies said on Monday, which will bring BBC
’s “Planet Earth
,” “Blue Planet,” “Life
” and other natural-history titles to Discovery
’s Svod platforms.
The 10-year deal, which should close in late spring, relies on Discovery launching a new global streaming service for natural history programming by 2020 that will operate outside the U.K., Ireland and China.
In addition to the hundreds of hours of already existing content, Discovery and BBC Studios will develop new landmark factual content together. The two companies will co-fund a dedicated development team within BBC Studios.
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Discovery will now also take full ownership of UKTV
’s “lifestyle” channels, like Good Food, Home, and Really, while BBC Studios gets the “entertainment” ones. Following completion, James Gibbons will manage the lifestyle channels as part of Discovery’s U.