OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Expands Scripted Slate with New Original Lionsgate Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’

Series From Award-winning Writer/Producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) Set Against the Backdrop of a Family-run Megachurch   Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a bold and daring new original drama series from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost”) that takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.  The Lionsgate-owned series is set for production later this year. “When I first read the script, I instantly felt an affinity for the characters and loved Craig’s creative vision for a fictional drama on an epic scale,” said Oprah Winfrey. “This show is going to be a fun ride and will hopefully have viewers on the edge of their pews week after week.” “With its singular take on a world rarely seen and a fascinating family at its core, ‘Greenleaf’ has all the makings of a highly addictive drama that embodies the kind of provocative high quality entertainment we champion at Lionsgate,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “We’re thrilled to be working with Oprah and Craig and proud to be part of OWN’s expansion in scripted…

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Discovery Channel Premieres Academy Award-Winner Louie Psihoyos’s Racing Extinction As A Global Television Event On December 2 At 9pm ET/PT

Discovery to Broadcast in the U.S. and More Than 220 Countries and Territories in 24-Hour Period       #StartWith1Thing   Discovery Channel announced today they will broadcast Academy Award®-winning director Louie Psihoyos’s documentary RACING EXTINCTION on Wednesday, December 2 at 9PM ET/PT to a global audience. Discovery, the #1 distributed TV brand in the world, will premiere RACING EXTINCTION in 220 international markets across the world within a span of 24 hours.   “RACING EXTINCTION is the perfect Discovery Channel television event as it combines Discovery’s iconic blue chip nature programming and something very important to us, the opportunity to make a significant global impact,” said Rich Ross, President of Discovery Channel.   In the groundbreaking documentary RACING EXTINCTION, director Louie Psihoyos and the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove assemble a team of artists and activists on a new undercover operation to expose the world of endangered species trafficking and the race to prevent mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, the documentary reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.   “With the help of Discovery I believe we can…

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Investigation Discovery Recounts The Nation’s Most Captivating Crimes In Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals

–Renowned Newswoman Barbara Walters Revisits Some of Her Biggest Stories, Featuring Exclusive, New Where-Are-They-Now Interviews–   (Beverly Hills, Ca.) – This November, Investigation Discovery (ID) turns to the doyenne of television journalism to shed new light on America’s most infamous political scandals and controversial cases. In BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS, ID pairs with legendary journalist Barbara Walters and ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions to explore the gripping stories that once dominated the 24-hour news cycle and captivated the nation. Along the way, Walters takes viewers behind the scenes revealing her personal thoughts and insights for the first time, ever, and conducts new and exclusive interviews with key players involved in the original case. The world premiere series, BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS, debuts Monday, November 2 at 10/9c only on Investigation Discovery.   “Journalist. Author. Television personality. In our lifetime, there is no other name more associated with headlines and stories that mesmerized readers and viewers than Barbara Walters. Indeed, only the incomparable Barbara Walters could deliver these original interviews and get the subjects to speak to her,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Networks. “From an emotional reunion with Kimberly Mays, who was switched at birth, to the first-ever…

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Investigation Discovery And The Diva Of Dish Premiere Death By Gossip With Wendy Williams

–Williams Serves as Host and Executive Producer for DEATH BY GOSSIP, Premiering This October–   (Beverly Hills, Ca.) – Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can kill in Investigation Discovery’s (ID) all-new series, DEATH BY GOSSIP WITH WENDY WILLIAMS. Featuring original ‘gossip girl’ Wendy Williams as host and executive producer, the series uncovers crimes fueled by rumors and sordid half-truths that lead to betrayal and even murder. Premiering Friday, October 9 at 10/9c, DEATH BY GOSSIP WITH WENDY WILLIAMS kicks off with six stories of harmless whispers turned deadly acts, showing that dishing the dirt can be a dangerous offense.   “There’s nobody better than the daring diva of daytime, Wendy Williams to offer this cautionary tale to those who indulge in chatter and innuendo,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Networks. “Jealousy, drama and betrayal— no one tells those tales like ID, and now with Wendy on board, our arsenal of homegrown experts has grown that much more entertaining.”   “Everyone loves a little dish now and then, but in these cases, guilty pleasure can become motive for murder,” says Wendy Williams, host and executive producer of the series.” I’m an ID Addict and I dare…

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Investigation Discovery Takes An In-Depth Look At America’s Most Horrific Crimes With The All-New Series Killer Instinct With Chris Hansen

— KILLER Instinct with Chris Hansen Premieres Monday, August 17 at 10/9c –   (Silver Spring, Md.) – “Who, what, where, why and when?” are the essential questions at the heart of every homicide investigation – for detectives but also for journalists chasing the 360-degree story. Investigative correspondent Chris Hansen knows the routine all too well, having won eight Emmy awards for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news. Now, in Investigation Discovery’s all-new newsmagazine KILLER INSTINCT WITH CHRIS HANSEN, he brings his unrivalled journalistic skills and criminal insight to an enthralling new series, digging deep into the depths of a killer’s mind and bringing life to some of America’s most chilling and heart-wrenching homicide cases. KILLER INSTINCT WITH CHRIS HANSEN premieres on Monday, August 17 at 10/9c only on Investigation Discovery (ID).   “ID viewers can’t get enough of our signature investigative newsmagazines, so we’re particularly delighted to welcome Chris’ own distinctive voice to our stable of truly talented journalists,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Networks. “KILLER INSTINCT taps into Chris’ trademark technique of taking viewers along for the ride, allowing them to experience every dramatic jolt and shock while sharing…

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Guests Check-In, But Never Check-Out In Investigation Discovery’s New Series Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors

— Renowned Filmmaker Joel Schumacher Executive Produces Three-Part Series, Slated to Premiere this October —   (Beverly Hills, Ca.) –Even five-star hotels have dirty little secrets. Full of salacious acts, secret trysts and cold-blooded murder, DO NOT DISTURB: HOTEL HORRORS gives viewers a peek behind closed doors to shocking crimes that happened inside hotels. Premiering Wednesday, October 21 at 9/8c, DO NOT DISTURB: HOTEL HORRORS pairs together ID’s true-crime intrigue with the cinematic storytelling experience of award-winning director Joel Schumacher, who is the executive producer of the series.   “The Investigation Discovery team was thrilled to work with Joel Schumacher on DO NOT DISTURB: HOTEL HORRORS,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Networks. “Calling on Joel’s affinity for ID and true crime stories, this series stylistically explores the hidden motives and dark secrets that ultimately led to gruesome murders in well-known hotels.”   Bolstered by the legendary Schumacher’s creative genius, each hour-long episode of DO NOT DISTURB: HOTEL HORRORS weaves together cinematic-style reenactments, actual crime scene footage and commentary from hotel staff, true-crime experts and the victim’s family and friends.   The premiere episode begins at the exclusive Soho House Hotel in New York City—the place to be for those…

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Investigation Discovery Expands Relationship With Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Tony Harris

–Harris’ Special Report on the State of Domestic Violence in the U.S., BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, to Premiere on ID in October; Documentary Series with the Southern Poverty Law Center to Debut in 2016– — ID Teams Up With NBC News’ Peacock Productions to Produce Projects for Harris–   (Beverly Hills, Ca.) – Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today it has given greenlights to a documentary special and limited series, featuring the reporting of Emmy-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris. Both projects will be produced by NBC News’ award-winning production arm Peacock Productions. The first project, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: SHOCKING SECRETS is a timely special report on the state of domestic violence in the U.S., set to premiere this October exclusively on ID. In addition, ID and Harris are once again teaming with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and its founder, Morris Dees to showcase iconic stories from the organization’s case files in the all-new series AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (wt) that will premiere on ID in early 2016.  The SPLC is a civil rights organization that has been fighting hate and bigotry through litigation and education, and tracking hate groups across the country for more…

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Investigation Discovery Rolls Out The Red Carpet This August For Return Of Network Stars

—August Programming Slate Celebrates New Seasons of Hit Series Featuring ID’s Most Beloved Stars–   (Beverly Hills, Ca.) – This August, Investigation Discovery (ID) celebrates the return of several beloved ID personalities and hit series with a ratings-killing programming slate. Headlining the month’s star-studded schedule is the killer queen expert, Candice DeLong, notorious homicide hunter Lt. Joe Kenda, Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn and private investigator extraordinaire Steven Rambam.   Kicking off the premieres is the  season nine debut of ID’s flagship series, DEADLY WOMEN, which returns on Friday, August 7 at 10/9c. Following former F.B.I criminal profiler Candice DeLong, DEADLY WOMEN is back with 13 all-new episodes featuring femmes fatales, dangerous damsels and lethal ladies who kill for the thrill of it. Then, America’s favorite detective is once again on the hunt with an exhilarating new season of HOMICIDE HUNTER: LT. JOE KENDA, beginning Tuesday, August 18 at 10/9c. A 25-year veteran of Colorado’s homicide investigation unit, Lt. Joe Kenda revisits some of his most disturbing cases as an investigator, and reveals chilling memories of murders that still haunt him today.   Next, ID rolls out the red carpet for New York City P.I. Steven Rambam, who stops at…

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Science Channel Premieres Secret Space Escapes On November 10 At 10PM

All-new Series Reveals Inspiring Accounts of Survival and Resourcefulness in the Space Age   What’s it like to leave earth to explore the unknown? How does it feel to be in space? What happens when you’re in space and something goes terribly wrong? Science Channel’s SECRET SPACE ESCAPES reveals terrifying accidents, fights for survival, and stories of close calls and near misses by the astronauts who survived them. This all-new series offers chilling accounts of the challenges of space exploration as told only by the explorers who lived them and the men and women in mission control who helped each team avert disaster. SECRET SPACE ESCAPES premieres on Science Channel Nov. 10 at 10 PM.   Recounting missions as recent as 2013, SECRET SPACE ESCAPES will draw viewers into the emotional experience of space exploration. Through first-hand accounts by the astronauts who relied upon science, training, colleagues on earth and, most importantly, their wits, in order to survive launches, space walks, landings, collisions, outages and other dangerous situations that occurred during their missions.  This is the first time that these near-disasters-turned-triumphs have been told solely from the point of view of the men and women who problem-solved each event – there…

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Discovery Family Channel Sets The Stage For The Summer Premiere Of From Wags To Riches With Bill Berloni

(Silver Spring, Md.)—Lights, camera…bark! Discovery Family Channel (DFC) today announced FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI, an all-new original series produced by Earth Touch, bringing viewers into the world of award-winning eminent theatrical animal trainer Bill Berloni. Known as a tireless advocate for animals and for casting and cultivating the original Sandy—the dog featured in Broadway’s beloved Annie—Berloni possesses the unique ability to transform shelter dogs into stars. FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI will debut in August 2015 on DFC, as part of the network’s month-long dog-themed programming event entitled “Pawgust”.   “Bill Berloni is truly a unique breed: a brilliant trainer with a big heart, many of the dogs he puts on stage are dogs that he has personally rescued,” said Tom Cosgrove, general manager of Discovery Family Channel. “This new series will charm the entire family with adorably gifted animals, larger-than-life characters and the amusing chaos that comes with owning a veritable backyard zoo.”   “FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI is the first result of our move into factual entertainment and a wonderful natural fit with the Earth Touch brand,” added Phil Fairclough, Managing Director at Earth Touch. “We’re confident Bill’s amazing world will…

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