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Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 9:49AM EDT
HGTV wins The Brady Bunch house with plans to restore it "to its 1970s glory"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I am excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and will restore The Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can," said Discovery CEO David Zaslav, revealing the news during a Tuesday morning earnings call that HGTV will own the iconic Studio City home. He added: "More details to come over the next few months, but we will bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history." The news comes days after Lance Bass announced he submitted the winning bid. Bass' real estate broker told TMZ in a story published this morning that Bass submitted a bid "just under $3 million." The broker said the seller's realtor even sent paperwork to finalize the deal. According to TMZ, "Lance claims the seller's realtor had a plan all along ... that a studio would come in after the bidding war and outbid everyone -- which is exactly what happened. Lance and his broker claim the seller's realtor lied to them and the other bidders and it was a shameless ploy to make a buck."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Discovery's upcoming streaming service aims to be the king of unscripted TV
Discovery recently expanded to include Scripps Networks channels like HGTV and Food Network. That will help bolster plans to debut a streaming service that costs $6 to $8 a month that will offer an alternative to the scripted-heavy streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. “We see the media business as two sides — one side is scripted series and movies, and we’ve moved away from that,” says Discovery CEO David Zaslav. “We see what we have as everything else,” he said. “We have great content. We own it all globally… We have a lot of scale. We have a lot of strength.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Would Discovery let Oprah out of her contract to run for president?
Technically, Oprah Winfrey is an employee of Discovery Communications.. But when that was pointed out to Discovery president David Zaslav, he responded: "Oprah is in charge of her own destiny.”