Discovery Channel U.S. and Discovery Networks International (DNI) are offering up some serious cash for new content.
On Friday, the world’s top nonfiction media company announced the launch of the Global Landmark Development Fund. The $500,000 fund aims to entice producers from all over the world to come up with concepts for new television programs in science, adventure, history, engineering and natural history.
Luis Silberwasser, executive vice president and chief content officer for DNI, hopes that the fund will bring Discovery its next "Planet Earth" or "North America," the latter being the channel’s first internally produced natural history landmark series.
“By working on a global scale, we have a unique opportunity to enlist the world's best production companies to make their most ambitious ideas a reality,” he said.
Discovery is also looking for new live event ideas like the recent "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda," in which the eponymous daredevil made history by completing a 1,500-foot high-wire walk near the Grand Canyon.
“With a strong focus on our roots in natural history to new explorations of the unknown—like live events including Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda and Space Jump Live—we will continue to provide the unprecedented access to extraordinary people and places that sets us apart from our competition," said Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery Channel and TLC Networks, U.S.
Interested parties should submit their ideas to Andrew Jackson, executive vice president, production and development, landmark series and specials, Discovery Channel, and Julian Bellamy, creative director and head of production and development, DNI.