Destination America and USA Today Partner for Third Annual ‘Red, White and You’ Contest

February 26, 2015 | by lstewart

Independence Day is not just a timeless American tradition, it’s the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate our country and one another – whether the day’s spent playing cornhole at a backyard barbecue or waiving a small flag at a local town parade.

To help kick the festivities up a notch, Destination America has partnered with USA TODAY in the third annual Red, White and You contest, where two deserving American communities will win a spectacular Fourth of July celebration, complete with food, entertainment and fireworks.

Now through Sunday, April 5, people around the country have the chance to demonstrate, in 150 words or less, why their town deserves an over-the-top all-American celebration. Perhaps you are looking to mark an anniversary, recognize a group’s accomplishments or deliver cheer during a difficult time – whatever the motivation is, this contest will surely host a lot of special and well-deserving submissions.

Last summer’s contest garnered thousands of entries, with the grand prize going to Prescott, Arizona – a town still recovering from the devastating wildfires that tragically claimed the lives of 19 brave firefighters and Hamtramck, Michigan – a city that has been hit by hard times but, in true American spirit, is working to make a comeback.

Want to learn more? Get all the details in the network’s press release, and watch the video below to see what the celebrations are like. (The video features one of the 2013 winners, Fayetteville, NC.) And don’t forget to enter at DestinationAmerica.com/FourthofJuly!

Discovery Digital Networks Welcomes Steve Suptic to Team

February 24, 2015 | by cshirley

YouTubers and gamers around the world know Steven Suptic (aka mlgHwnT) for his animated series and online antics, and today Discovery Digital Networks announced that he’s joining the team officially!

It seems the LA team is already welcoming Steve with open arms…and hot peppers! And, if you’re not familiar with “To Save a YouTuber” and “To Kill a YouTuber,” check out an episode below!

 

 

Investigation Discovery’s ‘Hate in America’ Pulls Back the Curtain on Modern Day Racism

February 23, 2015 | by lstewart

With the daily news cycle seemingly saturated with stories of international discord, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the United States is not without its own internal conflicts. Investigation Discovery’s newest special, Hate in America, seeks to bring awareness to one type of these internal conflicts in particular: hate crimes.

Hate in America is anchored by Tony Harris, an Emmy-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and Al Jazeera America anchor who, for more than 30 years, has reported on senseless and vicious acts of violence – many of them fueled by intolerance, fear and hate. Harris has partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit that has been tracking hate groups across the country since 1971.

The one-hour special focuses on three hate crimes in particular: the racially charged murder of a black father in Mississippi who died after being beaten and run over; the gruesome mass shooting of a Wisconsin Sikh congregation; and a brutal anti-gay attack on the streets of New York City. Harris explores the motivations behind each hate crime and hears from a spectrum of advocates for change – including victims’ loved ones, community leaders, civil rights attorneys, SPLC’s founder Morris Dees, and even a former white supremacist who now crusades for unity among the races.

According to SPLC, there are currently more than 900 active hate groups in the U.S. This sad, staggering number only reinforces the importance of this special’s message of love and tolerance.

Hate in America premieres tonight on Investigation Discovery at 8pm ET/PT.

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

February 20, 2015 | by lstewart

Happy Friday! Though I can’t really speak for everyone here at our Silver Spring headquarters, I feel pretty comfortable saying that most – if not all – of us have been less than thrilled with the brutally cold weather that’s come through. While it may not be nearly as cold down here as it is in other parts of the country (it’s all relative, of course), the balmy 5 degree temperature this morning in Washington D.C. was enough to break a 120-year-old record, besting the previous “lowest low” of 8 degrees measured in 1896. It doesn’t really get that cold down here often: in fact, the last time a winter record low was broken was January 1994.

But I digress. What’s going on in the world of Discovery? Here are some stories you may have missed this week:

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!

Premiering Tonight: TLC’s ‘Style By Jury’ Looks to Tackle Some of the Worst Crimes Against Fashion

February 20, 2015 | by lstewart

Witnesses of fashion crimes can take comfort in TLC’s newest series, Style By Jury, which seeks to help fashion felons absolve themselves of some of the worst offenses – all with a little help from co-hosts (and style experts!) Preston Konrad and Louise Roe.

In each episode, a fashion suspect is first secretly critiqued behind a two-way mirror by a jury of their peers before hearing what kind of first impression they make. Preston and Louise then work to determine what parts of each individual’s bodies should be accentuated with the help of a new wardrobe, walking them through various outfits and educating them on what works and doesn’t work for their body type. The make-overs are topped off with a complete hair and makeup overhaul. The episode concludes with the former fashion felon again going before a jury with one important question: will their peers react differently the second time around?

Get to know Preston and Louise in the hilarious blooper reel below, and don’t forget to tune into the series premiere tonight at 9:30pm ET/CT.

Discovery Kids’ ‘Wild But True’ Celebrates Launch Down Under

February 19, 2015 | by lstewart

Ever wonder how nature’s influence extends into the world of science? Discovery Kids’ new series Wild But True explores how biomimicry – the imitation and application of nature’s systems, models, designs or elements – has paved the way for technology and inspired many modern-day inventions.

Hosted by Robert Irwin, son of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and science-loving Isabel Yamazaki, kids learn all about nature’s amazing solutions for problems in the wild and reveal how humans use these blueprints to make the world greener, safer, more efficient and more fun for future generations. The fun-loving hosts participate in a series of fascinating experiments to help the audience better understand the concepts featured in the show.

To celebrate its first local production in Australia, Discovery Kids hosted a unique VIP experience at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland late last month. Guests had lots of opportunities to interact with the animals, from feeding kangaroos to cuddling up to koalas to getting up-close and personal with a rhino and a few giraffes. They were also able to witness firsthand Australia Zoo’s conservation efforts through stops at the animal hospital, where each family could choose an animal from the zoo’s ‘Adopt An Animal’ program, to support conservation efforts for endangered Australian wildlife.

Robert was on hand, too, to explain more about biomimicry, joining the kids in a fun and educational experience as they engaged in quizzes and questionnaires to win exciting prizes.

The event was hosted by Mandy Pattinson, EVP & GM, ANZ & Pacific Islands, together with Discovery Kids Australia’s ambassador, Robert Irwin. Guests included Foxtel’s Chief Operating Officer, Rohan Lund; Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh; Executive Director of Sport & Content Partnerships, Ben Buckley; and General Manager Communications – Platform Programming & Events, Rhonda Dawson; and Discovery Channel ambassador, John Eales (Australian rugby legend and former Wallabies captain).

Wild But True airs on Discovery Kids in Australia and South-East Asia.