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Discovery Upfront 2013

So the folks over at Discovery and their associate channels held their upfront for 2013 last night in an exclusive (read, we weren't there) event in Sandton, Johannesburg. 

Present at the presentation of Discovery Network's various channels and TV programmes were five of Discovery Networks leading men of 2014 – Ben Hanlin (Magic of Science), Dave Salmoni (Deadly Islands), Kim Wolhuter (Man, Cheetah, Wild), Joel Lambert (Manhunt) and Randy Fenoli (Say Yes to the Dress). 

In a press statement released by Discovery, the network, which recently brought us the OWN channenl shows on TLC, James Gibbons, Senior Vice President of Discovery Network's Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region, said: “We are proud to present our unparalleled 2014 programme slate to the African market. From action-packed drama in Joel Lambert’s Manhunt, to pure entertainment in Randy Fenoli’s much-loved series Say Yes to the Dress, we are offering something for all our DStv (what about StarSat, which also gets Discovery Network's programming?) viewers next year. And with ratings-winners such as Dynamo, Bear Grylls, Oprah and Honey Boo Boo all set to return in 2014, we truly have an entertaining and diverse line up of programming guaranteed to have audiences hooked.”

So here's what you can expect on the main Discovery Network Channels
  • The major announcement- Discovery Networks and Multichoice announced the launch of a new, dedicated High Definition feed of Discovery Channel, exclusively for DStv subscribers in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The new Discovery Channel will launch in the first quarter of 2014,  which means that HD Premium DStv subscribers will be able to enjoy all of their favourite Discovery programmes, including Dynamo, Auction Hunters, Bear Grylls, River Monsters, Wheeler Dealers and Gold Rush Alaska, in true HD for the first time.
  • Discovery is joining National Geographic and the History Channel in now commissioning ordinary TV series. Their first scripted dramas are Gold Fever and Klondike, two high-production blockbuster series which go back in time to re-enact the stories of the California Gold Rush. 
A scene from the pilot episode of Gold Fever
What to expect on Discovery on the next couple of posts

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