Almost a month after the joint venture of Sony, Discovery and IMAX announced it was creating 3net Studios to produce native 3D content, 3D TV network 3net has unveiled the unit’s initial slate of live-action and animated series and specials. The lineup includes Space, billed as the first native 4K project for television; and the motion comics series Marksmen. Here are the network’s descriptions of the new projects:
This is now happening — I have learned that Discovery Communications COO Peter Liguori will be leaving the company after two years. The veteran TV executive is expected to stick around until the end of the year. (He started at Discovery in January 2010.) He will not be replaced. Liguori, who previously ran Fox and FX, is the latest top Discovery Communications executive to exit as the company’s president and CEO David Zaslav now faces three upcoming major departures in his upper ranks; Discovery Channel president Clark Bunting and Discovery Communications CFO Bradley Singer both announced earlier this year that they will leave at the beginning of 2012. Bunting’s announcement came a couple of months after he was made to report to TLC General Manager Eileen O’Neill in an executive restructuring. Despite beating earnings expectations in the just-reported third quarter, Discovery Communications continues to struggle with its joint ventures, especially OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, which sucked up another $12 million investment in 3Q. Liguori was hands-on involved in the January launch of OWN and in May he was named interim CEO of the fledgling cable network following the departure of Christina Norman. Two months later, Winfrey took over the CEO position, and Liguori’s involvement decreased to a point of him having no day-to-day role at the channel. In addition to representing Discovery Communications in its three joint ventures — OWN; The Hub, which also has had a hard time; and 3Net — Liguori’s duties as COO included oversight of Marketing, Discovery Studios, Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs, Business Affairs, and Media Technology, Production and Operations.
UPDATE 6:15AM: Discovery just put out a release announcing Liguori’s departure:
Silver Spring, Md. – Discovery Communications today announced that Chief Operating Officer Peter Liguori has decided to depart the company at the end of the year. Liguori was responsible for launching numerous creative and brand marketing initiatives around the world, including overseeing the successful launches of Discovery’s joint ventures in The Hub, OWN, and 3net.
President and CEO David Zaslav said, “Pete’s leadership, enthusiasm and creative vision have brought a fresh and important perspective to Discovery.
(Culver City, Calif.) — 3net,the joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX will debut three all-new original programs and feature the world broadcast premiere of two hit theatricals during the month of October, it was announced today by Tom Cosgrove, President & CEO of 3net. The diverse premiere lineup includes the original “docu-fable” adult drama series SCARY TALES, the original lost civilization series THE ANCIENT LIFE* and the 3net original program INDY 500: THE INSIDE LINE, the world’s first 3D look at America’s Greatest Race.
October’s premiere schedule also includes several additional world television premieres: the Sony hit animated theatrical release CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, the IMAX space journey HUBBLE 3D, hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio, and the sophisticated travelogue series WORLD CITIES 3D.
3net, the joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX, announced the debut of the world’s first dedicated kids 3D programming block with two all-new animated 3D series – Bolts & Blip and Dream Defenders — which will be introduced in a prime-time special Sept. 25. The “3net Three Dee Kids” Saturday and Sunday morning lineup will premiere in its regular 10 AM weekend time on Oct. 1 and will also include Sony Pictures 3D family films as well as the live-action original series Feeding Time, the 3net exclusive Puppy Bowl and more. Here are descriptions of the new series:
UPDATE: Discovery Chief Says 3D TV Growing “Slower Than Expected” As 2Q Company Results Beat Estimates
UPDATE, 6:50 AM: Not much from the conference call with analysts about the most interesting story at Discovery: the recent changes at its struggling joint venture with Oprah Winfrey, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah recently named herself CEO and Chief Creative Officer. Zaslav says that “she is in place as CEO already,” and “we now have her creative team in place.” That means Discovery COO Peter Ligouri — named OWN’s interim CEO in May when the partners dumped Christina Norman — can “spend more time with us.”