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Discovery Communicatons Takes On Comic-Con 2012

July 17, 2012 | by kdelmonico

As a Comic-Con newbie, I was unsure of what to expect when I packed my bags last week. If you’ve never been to San Diego Comic-Con, it’s some parts magic, some parts mayhem, and all parts awesome. The magnitude of the event cannot be overstated, as 130,000 people pack the San Diego Convention Center dressed in costume, waiting in line for hours to see their favorite panels. It’s definitely a “you have to see it to believe it” type of event.

Discovery Communications had a great presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, with panels for SCIENCE’s Dark Matters, Firefly and Stuff You Should Know; Discovery’s Mythbusters and five panels from our friends at The Hub.

Josh and Chuck’s Stuff You Should Know panel kicked of the Comic-Con craziness, recording a live version of their hit podcast about the science behind time travel. Notable quotes include: “Hawking is my homeboy” and “You can time travel into the future, you just have to go really, really, really fast.” Panel attendees also got a sneak peek of Josh and Chuck’s new show, Stuff You Should Know, coming to SCIENCE in January 2013. In this picture, they are meeting their life-sized alter egos, and Chuck appears to be unsure about the stand-up-poster version of Josh.

The fans have spoken! The SYSK fans packed the room to learn about time travel.

 

 

All of Comic-Con was buzzing about the Firefly 10th anniversary panel. Packed to the gills with uber-fans who slept in line overnight for a chance to glimpse the Serenity crew back together again, the panel also featured Firefly creator Joss Whedon. SCIENCE also announced their special dedicated to the reunion, called Browncoats Unite, premiering on 11/11/2012.

 Question everything. SCIENCE was literally all over Comic-Con with their bright orange swag bags. This nice Storm Trooper would have given his SCIENCE bag a big “thumbs up”…that is, if he had thumbs.

The street team hard at work, spreading the SCIENCE love!

 

Later, John Noble’s fans flocked to his Dark Matters panel to learn more about the dark side of scientific experiments. The new season of Dark Matters premiered on SCIENCE Saturday at 10pm ET/PT.

 

 

 

On Saturday night, Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters rounded out the event with their panel, moderated by director John Landis. The SDCC audience was treated to an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming season, which you can now check out here.

 

Our friends at The Hub also joined in on the Comic-Con fun, with 5 panels (including the very popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic panel) an Aquabats concert and of course, Care Bears!

 

One of the best parts of Comic-Con? Spending time with my fellow Discovery Communications colleagues and coming together to pull off such a huge event. It was a great team effort and now the only question left is how we can outdo ourselves in 2013!

 

Discovery Communications Prepares for Comic-Con

July 5, 2012 | by aharris

Comic-Con Logo

Comic-Con. The event conjures up different images and feelings depending on where your fandom lies. At Discovery Communications, teams are prepping to bring a variety of panels and events to the annual San Diego event this year — from the MythBusters (Comic-Con royalty) to a slew of Science goodness, including a special 10th anniversary Firefly reunion.

While I’ve helped from afar, this year will mark my first year attending and working with Stuff You Should Know‘s Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant while meeting some of our new Revision3 family. There’s so much going on, we thought we’d break it down in bullets in case you are attending or following from afar. Our friends from Science will be blogging daily on the InsSCIder, you can follow @DiscoveryComm, @ScienceChannel, @ScienceAt, @Discovery, @MythBusters, @HubTVNetwork & @Revision3 for updates on Twitter, and we’ll make sure to report back after we return!

Panels
*All times PT

Thursday

  • 12-1pm: The Pitching Hour, including Ted Biaselli, VP of Programming & Development for The Hub (Room 5AB)
  • 4-5pm: Time Travel: Science Fact or Science Fiction? Stuff You Should Know with Josh and Chuck (Room 5AB)

Friday

  • 10-11am: Hasbro Studios’ My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic (Room 23ABC)
  • 10:30-11:30am: Special Live Exclusive Table Read of Dan Vs. (Room 6A)
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion (Ballroom 20)
  • 6-7pm: Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal (Room 23ABC)
  • 7-8pm: The Making of Kaijudo (Room 24ABC)
  • 7:15-8:15pm: Dark Matters: Twisted But True (Room 6A)
  • 8-9pm: Room The Aquabats! Super Show! Inside the BattleTram (Room 7AB)

Saturday

  • 7:15-815pm: MythBusters (Room 6BCF)

Sunday

  • 10-11am: Fringe Screening and Q&A (Hall H)

Autographs

Saturday

  • 11:30am-1:30pm: MythBusters‘ Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage (AA4)
    *Drawing for Line Tickets on Saturday at 9am in the Autograph Area
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Dark Matters‘ John Noble (AA19)
  • 4-5:30pm: MythBusters‘ Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara (AA4)
    *Drawing for Line Tickets on Saturday at 9am in the Autograph Area

Special Activities

Meet the Interns: Digital Distribution’s TJ Cooney

March 22, 2012 | by aharris

In the fourth installment of our Meet the Interns series, you will get to know TJ Cooney. TJ is a senior at The Catholic University of America and is currently spending the spring semester with Discovery’s Digital Distribution department at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Why did you apply to intern with Discovery? 
I applied to intern at Discovery Communications because I have loved their networks’ shows for as long as can remember. Since entering school, I have seen how Discovery has made it part of their mission to educate the world, and that is something I really want to be a part of.

How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
My family was thrilled. They all knew that I have wanted to work here for as long as I can remember and were very supportive. They also knew that I interned and worked very hard at other places in order to get the opportunity to intern here, and I am exactly where I want to be right now.

Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
The largest project I am working on is an industry landscape study, where I am basically creating a guide detailing how our digital distribution partners (such as Netflix, Apple and Amazon) are displaying our content, which can also be a tool to teach others about the services.

What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
I really admire how people are so open here to talk about what they do. You can really tell that people are doing what they want to do, and that really creates an upbeat and motivating atmosphere. Everything I come across is top notch in terms of quality, and this gives me a high bar to meet when I do my work. It makes me and everyone else that much better.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish during your time at Discovery?
My goal is to just create as many meaningful relationships as I can here at Discovery, along with trying to absorb as much of the different aspects of the company as possible. I have been lucky enough to have been sent to different departments to observe how many of the pieces within the company work together, which has taught me a lot in a short period of time.

If you could guest star on any Discovery show, what would it be and why?
Sons of Guns is easily my favorite show on Discovery right now, with MythBusters and Man vs. Wild coming in a close second and third. I am very good with my hands, and have been building all kinds of things since I was a kid. I also respect and love firearms, and have been around them for nearly my entire life. I could just see working in a gun shop as a great experience, and I think I would really get along with Will and the rest of the team at Red Jacket. They help their community by doing what they love.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your internship experience?
I just want to say that I am very thankful for this opportunity and that Discovery really has taught me a lot in my short time here. It has really been a breath of fresh air to see how a company such as this works from the inside, and this has only further motivated me to try to become a part of something as special as Discovery.

‘MythBusters’ Charms Chicago, Awaits Museum Goers

March 19, 2012 | by aharris

Today’s guest blog post is from David Tra, Social Media Specialist for Discovery Channel and our resident MythBusters expert.

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere of new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The exhibit brings together one of my favorite shows, MythBusters, with an experience that allows guests to interact and experiment with myths from the show.

It was great to spend time with all of the people who’ve literally spent years of hard work to make this vision come to life: our Discovery Commerce team, the folks at Exhibits Development Group, Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, our MythBusters hosts and producers and, of course, the Museum of Science and Industry. I had a blast (pun intended) at the exhibit and definitely recommend it to children, adults and MythBusters fans everywhere. The exhibit will remain at MSI through September 3, 2012 and will then continue to tour 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada. The next stop: The Tech Museum in San Jose, California.

To learn more about the exhibit, check out some of the photos from last week’s launch:

Discovery's Chief Digital Officer, JB Perrette, Introduces the 'MythBusters' at a Special Premiere Party on Wednesday Night

Discovery's Chief Digital Officer, JB Perrette, Introduces the 'MythBusters' at a Special Premiere Party on Wednesday Night

Adam, Jamie, Grant, Kari and Tory at the Exhibit Opening

Adam, Jamie, Grant, Kari and Tory at the Exhibit Opening

Grant Imahara Prepares to Test Dodging a Bullet

Grant Imahara Prepares to Test Dodging a Bullet

Adam and Jamie with the Two Lucky Winners of a Contest to Attend the Opening of the Exhibit     Adam and Jamie with the Two Lucky Winners of a Contest to Attend the Opening of the Exhibit

Adam and Jamie with the Two Lucky Winners of a Contest to Attend the Opening of the Exhibit

Kari Byron Adds Her Score to the 'Cliffhanger' Portion of the Exhibit

Kari Byron Adds Her Score to the 'Cliffhanger' Portion of the Exhibit

The MythBusters Sign Autographs for Fans at MSI

The MythBusters Sign Autographs for Fans at MSI

The MythBusters Also Participated in a Special Discovery Education LIVE! Event with Chicago Public Schools Designed to Get Kids Excited about STEM Education & Careers

The MythBusters Also Participated in a Special Discovery Education LIVE! Event with Chicago Public Schools Designed to Get Kids Excited about STEM Education & Careers

Fill Your Holidays With Marathons From Discovery Communications

December 21, 2011 | by gweiswasser

If you’re looking at long days ahead at your in-laws’ and wondering how you’re going to pass those hours, we have just the answer for you: marathons of your favorite Discovery Communications programs! Here’s a guide to what we’ve got over the next week or two:

Get Ready to Hurl with Discovery & Science on Thanksgiving

November 22, 2011 | by aharris

Punkin Chunkin 2011 GetGlue StickerPumpkins become projectiles once again with the return of Punkin Chunkin, the annual special that has become a Thanksgiving tradition on Discovery Channel and Science.

For the unfamiliar, Punkin Chunkin is a yearly extravaganza where teams (and more than 30,000 fans) gather in a Delaware cornfield to see whose homemade contraption can propel a pumpkin the farthest. This year’s event takes viewers behind the firing line, getting up close and personal with the explosive contraptions and personalities that help define “gourd glory.” MythBusters’ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci host and take viewers inside the madness to uncover the subculture of these passionate participants.

So enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends, and then enjoy your pumpkin pie on Thursday at 8pm ET/PT while the pumpkins fly on Discovery & Science. And don’t forget to check in on GetGlue to earn your Punkin Chunkin 2011 sticker!