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June 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The family of a Colorado woman who was killed during filming of a reality TV pilot for Discovery Channel has sued the producers and Discovery Communications for negligence. Plaintiff Mel Bernstein and his daughter have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado alleging that Discovery and Anthropic Productions failed to take adequate precautions to prevent the death of Terry Flanell, Bernstein's wife. Flanell died at a shooting range in Colorado Springs last June during filming of a pilot for a proposed show called "Brothers in Arms.
June 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Three storm chasers killed by a tornado near Oklahoma City last week were not risk-takers or thrill-seekers, but experienced researchers dedicated to advancing the field of meteorology, family and colleagues said Sunday. Tim Samaras, 54, was well-respected in the meteorological community and widely considered a leader in tornado research and data collection, experts said. He died along with his 24-year-old son, Paul Samaras, and partner Carl Young, 45, while tracking an EF-3 tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno on Friday evening.
June 2, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Tim Samaras and Carl Young, formerly of the Discovery Channel program “Storm Chasers,” along with Samaras' 24-year-old son Paul, died Friday in a tornado that struck the Oklahoma City area, killing at least nine. It was the second deadly storm to hit the region in less than two weeks.   Young and the Samarases were near El Reno, Okla., on Friday when an EF-3 storm descended on the area during rush hour.  “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Samaras his son Paul and their colleague Carl Young.
June 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Three storm chasers were among those killed by violent storms in the Oklahoma City area last week, family members said Sunday. Tim Samaras, a veteran storm chaser considered a leader in tornado research and data collection, died along with his 24-year-old son, Paul Samaras, and partner, Carl Young, while tracking an EF-3 tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno Friday evening.  All three were known from the Discovery Channel show...
May 30, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar, Los Angeles Times
Online sensation Philip DeFranco has found a new online home. The popular YouTube host has joined forces with Discovery Communications Inc.'s Revision3 in a deal scheduled to be announced Thursday. DeFranco will become senior vice president of DeFranco Network & Merchandise, a new Revision3 subsidiary. The company declined to comment on how much the deal was worth. Revision3 is a video network that creates original programs. The company was acquired last year by Discovery, which owns 155 worldwide television networks, including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at YouTube's 'The Philip DeFranco Show' DeFranco - who works under that pseudonym and keeps his real identity private - became an Internet icon with shows including "The Philip DeFranco Show," "SourceFed" and "The Vloggity.
May 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
They've been waiting underground for 17 years, and now cicadas are emerging en masse to take over the eastern half of the United States. Right now, billions of the Brood II cicadas are emerging from the ground and are making big noise all up and down the East Coast. While some people are dreading the coming onslaught of creepy-looking red-eyed bugs, and others are polishing up their storehouse of cicada recipes , Science Channel is planning to dedicate much of its Memorial Day weekend programming to the little fellas.
May 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Oh, nature, so near and yet so far: the thing we live in and deny, worship and destroy. The nagging conscience of our modern dystopian times! It is spiritually useful to be reminded that there is a world of animals that -- for the moment, at least -- live their lives independent of human interference, on land that has not been subdivided, strip-malled, strip-mined, plowed up or plowed under. So, although in its framing, editing and analogizing it does impose a human framework on the unknowable intelligences of its subjects, we are thankful (on balance)
April 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"All the President's Men Revisited," which premieres Sunday on Discovery Channel, returns us to those thrilling days of yesteryear when everyone read newspapers and the legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government were capable of acting out of something other than political self-interest and scorched-earth partisan intransigence. No, young people, I am not making that up. Narrated by executive producer Robert Redford, who produced and starred in "All the President's Men," the 1976 film of the 1974 book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, it is not merely the story of the historical events but of the transformation of those events into a work - a pretty great work - of popular art. News footage alternates with scenes from the movie.
April 20, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Robert Redford never planned to play Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men," the Oscar-winning 1976 adaptation of Woodward and Carl Bernstein's account of their investigation of the 1972 Watergate break-in and the cloak-and-dagger cover-up by the Richard Nixon White House. Redford didn't even want the movie to be in color. "I originally wanted to make a black-and-white, small film with two unknowns," said Redford, who also served as producer on the film, which was directed by Alan J. Pakula and costarred Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam and Hal Holbrook.
April 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Honey Boo Boo should be getting a nice box of chocolates in the mail. David Zaslav, the chief executive of cable programming giant Discovery Communications, had a 2012 compensation package worth $49.9 million, according to the company's proxy statement. Besides Discovery Channel, Discovery Communications also owns TLC, home to the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " Other Discovery Channels include Animal Planet and Discovery ID. It also is partners with Oprah Winfrey on the OWN Network and with Hasbro on the Hub, a cable channel aimed at kids and families.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll While a pay package worth $49.9 million is nothing to sneeze at, it is actually a reduction from 2011, when Zaslav's compensation was valued at $52.4 million.
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