In one way, the career of David Abraham has come full circle. He began his working life in advertising – and, in his latest role, running his own company, Wonderhood Studios, he is once again involved in producing TV commercials, as well as making TV programmes. With his trademark heavy-rimmed glasses and carefully judged wardrobe, Abraham still looks like he might have stepped out of the pages of ad bible Campaign at its 1980s’ peak.
Documenting the planet with the BBC, differentiating Discovery from Netflix and the other streamers – and taking Amazon on at its own retail game – were the three big themes expounded by Discovery’s President and CEO, David Zaslav.
David Zaslav talks to Kate Silverton about Discovery’s move to direct to consumer, the company's ambitions to serve global audiences through verticals across sport, lifestyle and factual, and the subjects which inspire him personally to push the company’s business forward.
Contestants on UKTV channel Dave’s hit show Taskmaster have to think laterally and creatively as a series of challenges are thrown at them. Much like the BBC had to in 2017 when Discovery’s acquisition of UKTV’s co-owner Scripps triggered a clause that gave BBC Studios the option to buy out Discovery. The problem was that it lacked the cash to do so.
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The film will focus on the deadly insect responsible for the widespread nature of illnesses such as Zika, malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever and dengue, and the cause of more than 750,000 deaths a year: the mosquito.
MOSQUITO will investigate the dangerous and unpredictable nature of the small insect, and will look at how global travel, trade and climate change have made the expansion of these outbreaks and spreading of disease easier.
Ed Stafford: Left For Dead is the latest survival show from explorer and presenter Ed Stafford.
The new series, which will premiere this autumn, sees Stafford battling extreme environments around the world - think subtropical forests, dry deserts and uninhabited mountains.
Stafford has quite literally been dropped in the wilderness with a camera and no survival kit and has just 10 days to reach human civilisation. With nothing but his wit and will about him, he must rely solely on his survival instincts.
Edwards, who set the triple jump world record in 1995 with a distance of 18.29 metres, says “it doesn’t seem right or fair” that his astonishing feat should be erased from the record books.
Away from athletics, Edwards has been preparing for his next major career move, as he takes on hosting duties for Eurosport’s live cycling coverage, part of the broadcaster’s exclusive deal for him to be its lead presenter for flagship sports programming.
Escobar's Millions (working title) will document former CIA case officers Doug and Ben as they search for the alleged hidden treasure of the notorious drug lord using their combined elite skillset.
The investigators will benefit from never-before-granted access and Colombian government support, as well as the latest advancement in GPR (ground-penetrating radar).