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April 18, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Cable programmer Discovery Communications Inc. on Tuesday began its march into Hollywood by plucking a veteran TV executive to run its TLC cable channel, which it hopes to turn into a more popular destination for women. The hiring of Angela Shapiro-Mathes, president of Fox TV Studios and a former Walt Disney Co. executive, represents a dramatic departure for the Silver Spring, Md.-based company. Discovery to date has largely operated outside the media power centers of L.A. and New York.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER
In a development that highlights CBS Corp.'s difficulties in the cable-TV business, the broadcasting company has struck an alliance with cable programmer Discovery Communications that will halve its ownership of the unprofitable CBS Eye on People television channel. Analysts say CBS' pullback from the only wholly owned cable channel it has launched raises questions about its commitment to a business that other broadcasters consider an important hedge against the erosion of their audience.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
April 11, 2000 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the huge success locally of last summer's Women's World Cup, Los Angeles will not have a team in the women's professional soccer league set to begin play in April 2001. The Women's United Soccer Assn. (WUSA) on Monday identified its eight initial franchise cities and announced that it had signed a four-year cable TV contract with Time Warner Inc. The league conditionally named Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Orlando-Tampa Bay, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Discovery Communications Inc., owner of the Discovery Channel on cable TV, said it's starting a digital cable network that will offer 24-hour programming with high-definition picture quality. The new network, called Discovery HD Theater, will begin service on June17 on digital cable and satellite-TV systems.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Liberty Media Corp. may consider a bid for Adelphia Communications Corp. if it could forge a partnership with Cox Communications Inc., a Liberty executive said. Robert Bennett, president and chief executive of Liberty, told investors that his company would not submit a bid for Adelphia on its own but would be interested in a joint bid if it would help Liberty increase its stake in Discovery Communications Inc. Liberty and Cox each own 50% of Discovery.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ex-CBS Exec Named Chief of Discovery Networks: Johnathan Rodgers, displaced as head of CBS' TV stations division after the network's takeover by Westinghouse Electric Corp., was named president of cable's Discovery Networks USA. Rodgers will be responsible for all business aspects of Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel. He reports to Judith McHale, president and chief operating officer of parent company Discovery Communications Inc., based in Bethesda, Md.
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