Discovery and BBC Networks "Mutually Agree" to End Partnership
Discovery and BBC have decided to end a partnership that spanned several years and produced many acclaimed television projects, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The networks mutually agreed to discontinue their official partnership on Wednesday but “will continue to work together on a number of forthcoming projects,” the Hollywood Reporter notes.
“As Discovery’s global audiences continue to flourish, they demand the very best science and natural history programming,” remarked Andrew Jackson, Discovery’s executive vice president of production and development.
“This is taking us in exciting, new directions, creating these essential shows for numerous cutting edge platforms.” He added that the network eagerly anticipates working with “many talented companies around the world, including the BBC.”
According to Bal Samra, commercial director for BBC, the networks “have enjoyed a longstanding and successful relationship” that will continue as they collaborate on future programming, despite the end of their formal partnership. These forthcoming projects include television series such as Hidden Kingdom, Survival and How to Build a Planet. In the past, Discovery and BBC have worked together on programming like Life, Frozen Planet, Blue Planet and Wonders of the Solar System.
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