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March 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Discovery Communications Inc. says the Kindle electronic book reader from Amazon.com Inc. violates a patent that Discovery registered in 2007. Discovery sued Amazon in Delaware on Tuesday. Discovery spokeswoman Michelle Russo said the company was seeking "fair compensation" through damages, future royalty payments and legal fees but would not seek an injunction stopping sales of the Kindle. An Amazon.com spokeswoman declined to comment.
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March 20, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks will retire as chairman of the board of the cable giant in May. Hendricks, a science buff who worked in academia, launched Discovery Channel in 1985 and over the years the company went from owning a handful of educational outlets to a global media juggernaut filled with popular reality shows. Besides its flagship channel Discovery, the company also owns TLC, Animal Planet and 50% of Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network. “Few words can appropriately convey what kind of person John is, or what he has meant to this company and the cable television industry overall.  He is a true visionary, a man of enormous integrity and one of the world's great entrepreneurs," Discovery President and Chief Executive David Zaslav said in a statement.
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May 15, 1995 | From the Washington Post
Discovery Communications Inc., the company that owns the Discovery and Learning cable channels, is buying a small chain of retail shops and signaling that it has plans for more. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery acquired the similarly named Discovery stores of Dallas, whose 11 outlets sell educational games and gifts. The purchase will cost about $10 million, people at Discovery Communications said.
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January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Cable programming giant Discovery Communications is taking a controlling stake in sports programming giant Eurosport International. Discovery, which has made international acquisitions a priority, previously acquired 20% of Eurosport in 2012 for $221 million from the French media giant TF1. It is spending an additional $345 million to push its stake in the sports service to 51%. The flagship Eurosport Network is available in 54 countries and...
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August 27, 2009 | Meg James
The Oprah Winfrey Network seems to have everything needed to succeed: some of the best creative minds in the business, strong financial backing, a loyal audience and enthusiastic advertisers eager to buy commercial time. But more than 20 months after the announcement that Winfrey was teaming with Discovery Communications Inc. to create a cable channel that celebrates her ethos, "Living your best life," not much has happened -- except for a revolving door of executives. Three top programmers abruptly left the Los Angeles-based network in recent months, and development spending has been cut. OWN was supposed to have launched by now, but its debut has been pushed back to mid-2010.
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January 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready for American Idol's return. The Skinny: Got caught up in "Gross Pointe Blank" last night. An underrated film! I love the shrink scenes with John Cusack and Alan Arkin. Anyway, Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable situation. Also, why Hollywood should pay attention to the net-neutrality ruling, plus Viacom's new Nickelodeon channel. Daily Dose: Discovery Communications has tapped JB Perrette as its new president of Discovery Networks International.
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July 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said that it signed with cable company Discovery Communications to rebroadcast Stewart's upcoming daytime TV show and air a new home-improvement reality series.
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April 30, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Discovery Communications said it will acquire a chain of Nature Company stores from CML Group for $40 million. The deal gives Discovery 114 Nature Company stores in 34 states, including 26 stores in California, and three Scientific Revolution stores.
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December 14, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The transformation of Discovery Communications Inc., once a sprawling and sleepy television operation, should rev up next year as it becomes a publicly traded company under a deal announced Thursday by cable mogul John Malone and Advance/Newhouse Communications. "This is the transaction that we have been expecting to occur," said Richard Greenfield, media analyst for Pali Research.
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August 15, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Liberty Media Corp. said operating income at its Discovery Communications unit more than doubled in the second quarter as its cable networks attracted more viewers. Discovery's operating income rose to $96 million from $37 million in the year-earlier period, Liberty said. Discovery's revenue rose 18% to $490 million. Liberty, based in Englewood, Colo., owns a 50% stake in Discovery.
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January 15, 2014 | By Meg James
Discovery Communications is boosting its digital chief, JB Perrette, to the role of president of Discovery Networks International. Perrette will replace Mark Hollinger, a 23-year Discovery veteran who last fall said that he would be stepping down. The cable programming giant, based in Silver Spring, Md., announced Perrette's promotion on Wednesday. Hollinger will work with Perrette during the transition, Discovery said. Biggest box office flops of 2013 Perrette, 42, joined Discovery in the fall of 2011 to head its digital initiatives.
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January 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready for American Idol's return. The Skinny: Got caught up in "Gross Pointe Blank" last night. An underrated film! I love the shrink scenes with John Cusack and Alan Arkin. Anyway, Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable situation. Also, why Hollywood should pay attention to the net-neutrality ruling, plus Viacom's new Nickelodeon channel. Daily Dose: Discovery Communications has tapped JB Perrette as its new president of Discovery Networks International.
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December 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before second-guessing the Golden Globe nominations. The Skinny: I'm playing beat the clock today as I try to get this done in time to watch the FCC get grilled on Capitol Hill. Oh the exciting life I lead. Today's Fix includes a look at the Golden Globe nominations and the fight between the Weinstein brothers and Warner Bros. Also, a look at ABC's disappointing fall season. Daily Dose: Broadcasters and pay-TV distributors continue to squabble over distribution fees.
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October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
AMC Networks Inc., parent of cable channels AMC, WE and IFC, has struck a deal to acquire Liberty Global's Chellomedia for $1.035 billion. For New York-based AMC Networks, the acquisition will vastly increase its international presence. Chellomedia has some 70 channels in about 140 countries that are available in almost 400 million homes that AMC can place its product in. Most of Chellomedia's outlets are in Europe and Latin America. "This acquisition allows us to secure a large, global platform on which to distribute our increasingly successful original programming through a collection of strong, well-established and well-managed assets worldwide,” said Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks.
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September 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Want to punch out a co-worker? The Esquire Network, a new cable channel from NBCUniversal, will give you that chance. Launching on Monday, Esquire Network is looking to woo upscale men with lifestyle programs about cooking, drinking and travel. But the network also knows that even the most hoity-toity of men will on occasion dream of lacing up the gloves and slugging a colleague. Esquire Network is developing a show to fulfill that fantasy. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Called "White Collar Brawlers" and set to premiere in early 2014, Esquire Network General Manager Adam Stotsky said the show will "tap into something quite primal.
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September 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if Fox's "Dads" overcame bad reviews. The Skinny: I'll be curious to see how Fox's "Dads" did after all the nasty reviews from critics. I watched two episodes of "Dads," which is from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, and my problem was that it just wasn't funny enough for me. It also proved the point that jokes that work in animation don't always work as well in non-animated shows. Wednesday's headlines include the ongoing search for a film czar here in Los Angeles and a backlash against AMC for dragging out the end of "Mad Men. " Daily Dose: Mark Hollinger, who has spent more than two decades at cable programming giant Discovery Communications, will exit the company next June when his contract expires.
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May 18, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Discovery Communications, the media company behind the educational program "Planet Earth" whose networks include Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, plans to close its 103 retail stores and lay off about 25% of its total workforce. The stores will close in the fall. About 1,000 workers at the stores and elsewhere in the company will lose their jobs, Discovery said Thursday.
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September 27, 1996 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Discovery Communications Inc. and British Broadcasting Corp. are planning to spend $500 million in the next five years in co-productions and the launching of new cable networks in the U.S. and abroad, sources said Thursday. The joint venture will include a new BBC cable network in the U.S. that will showcase BBC dramas and performing-arts programming.
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July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before avoiding the onslaught of Comic-Con tweets. The Skinny: Really hard getting motivated this morning. I keep getting distracted by all the Emmy coverage and being amused by reporters trying to top each other with arcane tweets and alleged snubs. Anyway, Thursday's stories include early Emmy coverage and analysis, a shake-up at Turner Broadcasting and a preview of Comic-Con. Daily Dose: While ESPN and Fox prepare to duke it out for sports supremacy in the U.S., Discovery Communications is looking to become a player overseas.
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June 26, 2013 | By Meg James
The Oprah Winfrey Network, continuing its programming pivot, has acquired limited rights to the beloved daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live. " The Los Angeles-based network, co-owned by Winfrey, announced the acquisition Wednesday. OWN said it was arranging a "summer fling for soap fans" by obtaining television licensing rights for the first 40 episodes of Prospect Park's versions of the longtime ABC soaps, which were created for the Internet. Beginning July 15, half-hour episodes of each show will run on the cable channel Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., which is similar to the broadcast schedule when the soaps aired on the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC network.
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