This Week In…Discovery Buzz

September 26, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday Discovery! This week brought the start of a new season and some other changes here at Discovery.  Check out some of the happenings of the week and enjoy a Flashback Friday to Discovery’s Skywire Live in honor of Nik Wallenda’s upcoming Skyscraper Live.

Discovery Communications Response to Comcast

September 24, 2014 | by aharris

Discovery Communications LogoEarlier today, David Leavy, Chief Communications Officer for Discovery Communications, made the following statement regarding Comcast’s claim in its merger proceeding with the Federal Communications Commission:

As one of the few remaining independent programmers in the country, Discovery has a nearly 30-year history of being one of the most fair, rational and reasonable actors within the industry. Our long-term commitment to investing in education content that benefits all consumers has been rewarded with nearly 11% of the viewership of ad-supported cable in 2014. We are always talking to our distribution partners about realizing fair value for our content across all consumer platforms, and it is very unfortunate that Comcast is trying to divert attention away from the real issue. Comcast chooses to not talk about the substantial program discounts they currently get, or what they would do post-merger to demand extreme discounts from cable programmers or block the launch of new networks and brands. Discovery has 13 networks in the U.S. that strive to serve all ethnic and demographic groups with high quality, family friendly programming. We stand by our concerns that Comcast could use its enhanced leverage from the proposed merger to impose onerous terms that jeopardize the ability of independent programmers like Discovery to continue investing in a diverse portfolio of content and brands. Comcast’s silence on the details of key issues like program discounts, and instead, its continued strategy of intimidating voices that are not fully supportive of its position, is troubling.

David Leavy
Chief Communications Officer
Discovery Communications

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

September 19, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday! It’s been a busy week here at Discovery, as we announced Nik Wallenda’s latest challenge and kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out some of this week’s happenings below and end your week with the Friskies award-winning best cat video of the year, starring Animalist’s Cole the Black Cat!

Discovery Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 19, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Culture of Curiosity

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off this week and here at Discovery we are celebrating by honoring our own  culture of curiosity .

Throughout the month of September, we will be highlighting three people who embrace the culture of curiosity through their work and welcome you to join us in learning more about them. Look out for their stories on-air, and you can learn more about the #cultureofcuriosity here.

We will be celebrating the #cultureofcuriosity all month on social media as well, so watch out for shout outs from your favorite talent across our family of networks, including Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

 

Senators Flake and Heinrich Discuss ‘Rival Survival’ at Washington, D.C. Event on Thursday

September 17, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Rival SurvivalOn Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8:30am at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., both Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) will publicly discuss for the very first time their upcoming Discovery Channel special, Rival Survival, a television event in which they allowed Discovery Channel to maroon them on an uninhabited island in August, which forced them to put their differences aside to survive for one week far from civilization and their daily lives and duties as U.S. senators.

Never before seen clips from Rival Survival, which premieres on Discovery Channel Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 10PM ET/PT, will also be screened on Thursday morning.

Through their hard work and attempts to compromise and come together, Rival Survival put Sen. Heinrich and Sen Flake in the unique position to demonstrate to their colleagues in the U.S. Congress, and the world, that rivals, even from opposing political parties, can try put aside their differences with the goal to not only survive, but thrive.

Sen. Flake, a true conservative Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six consecutive terms from 2001-2013 prior to his election to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Flake is a self-described reformer who attacks government spending and is vocal on hot-button issues like immigration reform. Last year, Sen. Flake and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were part of the “Gang of 8″ who teamed up to try to change immigration policies in the U.S. Sen. Heinrich, a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a self-described conservationist and a strong progressive voice from New Mexico on issues that include education, health care and social security.

The White House and Discovery Education Expand Exclusive “Of The People” Virtual Field Trip Series

September 17, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Discovery Education LogoThe White House and Discovery Education announced today the expansion of the popular “Of the People: Live from the White House” virtual field trip series. Offering upper elementary, middle and high school students unique access to White House and government officials as well as subject matter experts, Of the People will bring a series of 30-minute virtual events hosted by a student and broadcast live from the White House and other special locations to classrooms nationwide. The series, which launched last year, will build upon its success for the 2014-2015 school year with topics such as civics, history, STEM and more.

The first virtual field trip in this year’s series will commemorate Constitution Day, today at 1pm ET/10 am PT.

As part of the Constitution Day observance, students will take a virtual journey through the National Archives with student host Adalia Jimenez, an 11th grader from James Hubert Blake High School in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools. During this one-of-a-kind experience, Miss Jimenez will interview the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, and ask him questions (both her own and those submitted by students) about the National Archives and its contents, as well as his role.

Students will investigate how our nation’s important documents have shaped the American government and impacted the lives of millions of people.  Students will also hear from a historian at the National Archives who will model a document analysis strategy with the Constitution, demonstrating the skills needed to read, write and think like a scholar.  This virtual field trip allows students to experience history and explore how important documents have shaped the country, their communities and their own families.

To tune in, visit http://dlc.com/constitution-day.

For more information on this webinar series and other services and learning initiatives from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/webinars.