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Discovery Partners with Howard, Grazer

Discovery Communications is taking a big step toward developing quality digital content by partnering with award-winning content creators Brian Grazer and Ron Howard on a new digital production company.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

The company, New Form, will focus on developing high quality, scripted and unscripted programming for digital viewers, Discovery announced Thursday. Content created by New Form will be available through a series of partnerships, with the possibility of distribution across Discovery and other global platforms.

Discovery and Science Channel Planning a Live Broadcast from the Moon

Discovery and the Science Channel have plans to beam back a live broadcast from the moon in 2015. The stunt will be the final episode of a series documenting the Google Lunar XPrize competition, which will see private companies battling to land an unmanned craft on the moon for a $30 million dollar prize.

Says XPrize president Robert K. Weiss, "More than half the world's population has never had the opportunity to experience a live broadcast from the moon. Partnering with Discovery Channel and Science Channel will allow us to engage the public around this milestone event, creating an ‘Apollo Moment’ for the next generation.”

Read the full story here on TheWrap.

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Discovery Taps YouTube Star to Host Vlog-Style Web Series

Discovery Digital's Animalist has just launched a new web series called Weird Gross Beautiful, focusing on the unsung species of the animal kingdom (for instance, its first episode is on maggots).

The series takes on a vlog format, with access to Discovery's considerable archives, and is hosted by YouTube star Catie Wayne. Each episode will premiere every Tuesday on Animalist.com and on the series' dedicated YouTube channel. Watch the first episode below. (via VideoInk)

Discovery Launches Streaming Apps for Windows Phones

Discovery has launched streaming video apps for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC for Windows Phone 8. The apps have select full episodes as well as clips and calendar functionality. They don't as of yet have the second screen functionality that are available in the iOS versions. (via Engadget)

 

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Shark Week: The Super Bowl of the Discovery Channel

It's been 25 years since a genius Discovery Channel executive came up with the concept of "Shark Week," and the annual event shows no signs of slowing down, thanks, in part, to new technology that allows for new programming every year. Explains Brooke Runnette, director of production and development at Discovery Channel, "New, more advanced cameras allow viewers to see sharks doing things the naked eye could never see before."

Discovery's Sharks Go Live for Shark Week

To prepare for its famed 25th annual Shark Week, Discovery Channel has teamed up with Ustream to present a live-stream of the shark tank at the Georgia Aquarium. The stream runs daily from 6 AM - 11 PM ET and allows you to control the angle of the 360-degree camera.

See it in action here. (via Lost Remote)

Traversing the 'Frozen Planet': Documentary Series Takes Production to Polar Extremes

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<p>What took 38 cameramen and 38 sled dogs, 12 reindeer, 33 snowmobiles, 28 helicopters, 22 boats, two ice-breaker vessels, 10 four-wheelers, Alec Baldwin&#39;s voice, 18 nations, and eight pairs of snow shoes over four years in temperatures often hovering around -40&deg;F? The teeth-chattering answer is <a href="http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/frozen-planet/"><em>Frozen Planet</em></a>, an epic seven-part Discovery Channel documentary series premiering in the United States on March 18 and running on subsequent Sundays.</p>

What took 38 cameramen and 38 sled dogs, 12 reindeer, 33 snowmobiles, 28 helicopters, 22 boats, two ice-breaker vessels, 10 four-wheelers, Alec Baldwin's voice, 18 nations, and eight pairs of snow shoes over four years in temperatures often hovering around -40°F? The teeth-chattering answer is Frozen Planet, an epic seven-part Discovery Channel documentary series premiering in the United States on March 18 and running on subsequent Sundays.

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