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Attenborough leads Discovery+ slate

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough

Discovery’s newly unveiled global streaming service, Discovery+, will launch with 50 exclusive non-fiction series featuring talent including Sir David Attenborough and Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Content will span unscripted genres such as lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; and science, tech and the environment.

In the US, Discovery+ will feature an exclusive first look at content from the Magnolia Network, Discovery’s forthcoming multiplatform joint venture with Fixer Upper duo Chip and Joanna Gaines.

This includes the latest iteration of hit home renovation show Fixer Upper, plus episodes of cooking series Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines and Road to Launch, featuring intimate conversations between the Gaineses and talent from the Magnolia Network programming slate.

The preview will be exclusive to Discovery+ until the postponed launch of Magnolia Network later in 2021.

At launch, Discovery+ will also be home to 90 Day Journey and the latest series in the franchise, 90 Day Fiancé.

David Zaslav

Following Discovery’s deal with BBC Studios last year, Discovery+ will also feature Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, as well as the US premiere of new five-part series A Perfect Planet, narrated by Sir Attenborough.

Other titles coming to Discovery+ include Long Island Medium: There in Spirit, Bobby & Giada in Italy, Cakealikes, Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time, Foodways with Carla Hall (working title), Luda Can’t Cook, Mary McCartney Serves it Up, What’s Eating Sebastian Maniscalco (w/t) and Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored.

In the home genre, Discovery+ will feature Clipped, Frozen in Time, House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered and Home Town: Ben’s Workshop.

True crime programming will include Queen of Meth, American Detective with Joe Kenda and Onision: In Real Life; adventure titles include Route 66 (w/t) and Pushing the Line; and nature and science content includes Mysterious Planet, narrated by David Schwimmer, and Six Degrees with Mike Rowe.

Among the documentary programming will be P.S. Burn This Letter Please, The Impossible Row, My Beautiful Stutter, Beyond Borders and The Parachute Murder Plot.

In paranormal, Discovery+ is developing content with horror specialists such as director Eli Roth (Hostel, Borderlands), with whom it has an exclusive multi-project deal.

Meanwhile, as an extension of Discovery’s partnership with US digital media firm Group Nine, Discovery+ will also feature a slate of new original programming from popular online brands, including The Dodo, NowThis and Thrillist, in addition to access to some of the company’s existing library.

In the Netherlands, Discovery+ has already greenlit a local version of social experiment format Sex Tape, which it has acquired from ITV Studios.

The service will be available in the US from January 4 starting at US$4.99 per month, with an ad-free version available for US$6.99 per month.

David Zaslav, the factual giant’s president and CEO, said during an online presentation yesterday that Discovery+ would be “the most distinct, clear and unique” streamer and would feature no scripted programming.

Offering content from brands such as HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, the service will also be the new streaming home of the Olympic games in Europe, excluding Russia, and Eurosport’s premium sport offering.

Its international roll-out across an initial 25 countries in 2021 has already begun with the UK, Ireland and India, while the Nordics, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are next. Discovery+ will also be made available in Latin American markets, including a planned launch in Brazil, and in parts of Asia.


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