Toyota and Discovery Education Announce Finalists for Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge

April 17, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Toyota Teen DriverToday, Toyota and Discovery Education announced the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, the nation’s premier teen safe driving program. Beginning today and continuing for the next two weeks, these top ten inspirational videos will appear online for public voting to not only determine the grand prize winner, but to also send a national reminder about the importance of safe teen driving.

Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, a key component of an ongoing partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid distractions.  Over 1,000 videos were submitted as part of the challenge. The top ten finalists’ videos address unsafe driving habits and how distracted driving can change lives forever.

For the next two weeks, the general public can visit toyota.com/teendrive365 to view the top ten videos and decide the winner by voting for their favorite. The teen who garners the most votes will win a $15,000 cash prize and be given the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to re-create their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA which is eligible to air on Discovery’s family of networks. The second place prize is a $10,000 cash prize and a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a Velocity show. The third place prize is a $7,500 cash prize.

Last year’s winning video from Ryan Johnston of Corona, California took a humorous look at what driving distractions may have looked like a hundred years ago, while also sending a serious message to teens about the importance of road safety. His re-created PSA ran across Discovery’s family of networks.

Toyota Teen Driver, a partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education that offers free, online resources for teens, parents and teachers, is part of TeenDrive365, Toyota’s comprehensive initiative designed to help teens and families navigate their teen’s first years behind the wheel. Building on the programs and resources Toyota has offered for more than a decade, the program offers a collection of online tools, events, expert advice and tips as well as social media elements.

500 Days to a World of Difference

April 14, 2014 | by aharris

Today’s guest post on Discovery Blog is from Salma Bahramy, Communications Specialist for Discovery Learning Alliance.

Discovery Learning Alliance's Tammy Noboa (Far Left) and A World at School's Sarah Brown (Far Right) with Two Global Youth Ambassadors

Discovery Learning Alliance’s Tammy Noboa (Far Left) and A World at School’s Sarah Brown (Far Right) with Two Global Youth Ambassadors

“We are here to help ensure that every child enjoys his or her right to education – and I am pleased to stand with all of you in working towards that goal,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a summit last week that convened global policy leaders, campaigners, NGOs and youth activists in mobilizing around the UN Millennium Development Goals education target.

Hosted by A World at School, the 2015 Countdown Summit kicked off with an announcement of a worldwide campaign that aims to get 57 million children into school and learning, by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. A World at School Founder Sarah Brown announced Discovery Communications and Discovery Learning Alliance as the campaign’s media partners. Discovery Learning Alliance’s Tammy Noboa addressed the audience, highlighting the power of media to transform education and lives.

To support the campaign, Discovery will air PSAs highlighting the urgent need for quality universal education and the work of the Discovery founded nonprofit Discovery Learning Alliance. Through Discovery Learning Alliance, the spots will also reach audiences in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the summit launched into an announcement of a network of more than 500 Global Youth Ambassadors – young boys and girls from 80 countries who will work internationally to promote quality education for children everywhere. Global Youth Ambassadors from Rwanda, Pakistan, and Guyana shared their personal accounts of how education has impacted their lives and the barriers they’ve faced along the way.

As the opening plenary wrapped up, the summit broke off into panels and working sessions to tackle topics such as teacher training, education policy, youth advocacy and more. Discovery’s Noboa spoke on a panel highlighting Discovery Learning Alliance’s commitment to advancing global education goals through its media programs and initiatives.

To learn more about Discovery Learning Alliance, please visit DiscoveryLearningAlliance.org.

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

April 11, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday! As we celebrate warmer temperatures outside, we’ve also had the chance to celebrate some big Discovery announcements. From the addition of two new Discovery Digital Networks series, to a record-setting River Monsters premiere, there has been no shortage of exciting news!

Catch up with what’s been going on with the stories below and then start this weekend off with a sneak peek of Boss Hog, Discovery Channel’s newest series premiering tonight at 10PM.

Discovery Networks International Launches ID Xtra Across Europe

April 9, 2014 | by akowalczyk

At MipDoc, an annual gathering of industry leaders in factual programming held in Cannes, Discovery Networks Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) unveiled the launch of ID Xtra, an offshoot of Investigation Discovery. Glossy, contemporary and filled with stories of passion-crimes, ID Xtra launched on April 1 in several markets across the region: Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Within the next three months, as many as 14 countries in CEEMEA will receive the channel.

The channel, targeted towards women, will showcase unrivalled story-telling and immersive real-life mysteries, in a contemporary and stylish format, to present gripping suspense programming and dramas of everyday people behaving badly.

The channel’s launch line-up includes:

  • TABLOID: Guaranteed to satisfy inquiring minds, the one-hour show is hosted by the Emmy Award-winning king of tabloid television, Jerry Springer, who peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can’t possibly imagine. From the forensic student who is blinded by love and then thrust into a crime scene right out of CSI, to the real-life Thelma and Louise couple, Jerry explores infamous headlines from across America.
  • House of Horrors: Kidnapped - From the terrors of the Cleveland kidnappings, to Marc Schiller’s incredible survival story, this new series takes a closer look at some of the world’s most famous kidnapping stories.
  • Redrum (“Murder” spelled backwards) – Moving in reverse, this show debuts the next great angle in compelling storytelling as it starts at the scene of the crime and goes backwards in time to reveal the killer, revealing their motive and the truth behind what really drove them to murder. The show illustrates how a murder investigation never starts at the beginning, but when a body is found.  It’s up to the investigators to piece together the story, tracing the series of intersecting, and often complex, events and relationships that unfolded to arrive at the root of the crime.
  • Crime with Tamron Hall - MSNBC Host and NBC News Correspondent/Anchor Tamron Hall joins ID Xtra as the host of this fast-paced, investigative news program. A respected anchor and investigative journalist, Hall knows first-hand the effect of violent crime, as her older sister was a murder victim in a case that is still officially unsolved. In each one-hour episode, Hall is joined by a core team of correspondents with extensive knowledge of law enforcement, to go beyond the headlines and explore not only what happened, but why.

We’ve included some images from ID Xtra’s launch below, and for those of you lucky enough to have access to the channel, we hope you’ll tune in to catch ID Xtra!

Jerry Spring and clients at launch of ID Xtra event

Jerry Spring and clients at launch of ID Xtra event

Kasia Kieli, Jerry Spring and Kieli's husband, Rafal, at ID Xtra Launch Event

Kasia Kieli, Jerry Springer and Kieli’s husband, Rafal, at ID Xtra Launch Event

Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and HowStuffWorks Nominated for Webby Awards

April 8, 2014 | by kdelmonico
Webby AwardsToday, the prestigious Webby Awards’ Winners Gallery was announced, revealing its nominees and honorees across all categories and several Discovery projects were among them. Selected from more than 12,000 entrants from across the world, the projects below were chosen to represent the best of their field.
Beginning today through April 24, fans can click the links below to vote for their favorite nominated projects to win a People’s Voice Award. Winners will be announced at the 18th Annual Webby Awards ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt, on April 29 in New York City.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and honorees and happy voting!
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Animal Planet L!VE Springs Into Its Second Year With New Cams

April 7, 2014 | by akowalczyk

As we all rejoice the long-awaited arrival of spring, Animal Planet L!VE, Animal Planet’s 24/7 live web cams celebrating the animal kingdom, is embracing the season (and its first birthday!) with three new cams – Bunny CamHedgehog Cam, and the Pittsburgh Bald Eagle Cam.

  • Bunny Cam- We’ve teamed up with the House Rabbit Society to put a hop in your step and a smile on your face with these cuddly, playful bunnies.
  • Hedgehog Cam- Speed, spikes, and raw cuteness! That’s what you’ll see when the lights go out and Peanut the Hedgehog from Tru Chance Rescue & Rehab decides to come out. Take a look below to see if he’s ready to play!