via press release:
TLC INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2011 PRODUCTION SLATE
–Begins Production on Six All-New Original Programs–
SILVER SPRING, Md., February 9, 2011 – Discovery Networks International (DNI) today announced that production has begun on six new exciting series slated to air on TLC International – a #1 network for women in Poland – beginning in 2Q11. TLC is already a #1 network for women in select international territories. Spearheaded by DNI’s newly created International Production and Development unit, TLC’s new programs cover an array of popular programming genres, from weddings and parenting, to inspiring stories of personal transformation, to a network first for TLC – game shows.
“TLC’s international production and development unit has hit the ground running, and I am very excited about the variety of programs we have underway with some of the best production companies in the business,” said Luis Silberwasser, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, DNI.
Told through the lens of larger than life characters and adaptable formats, TLC International features non-scripted and scripted entertainment that celebrates real life stories and universal themes that resonate with viewers around the world–from relationships and life stages, to makeover and transformation to food and travel.
- Don’t Tell The Bride
6×60; premieres in Norway in 1Q11
Each episode follows one engaged couple as they are given the wedding of their dreams—with one big catch. In Don’t Tell the Bride, the tables are turned as the groom has to organize every single aspect of the big day. Until the wedding day, the bride will know nothing of the arrangements—not the ceremony, the venue, the guest list, the food, the flowers nor her wedding gown. Will the bride-to-be cry with tears of joy—or tears of sadness? Don’t Tell The Bride is a Renegade Pictures format produced for TLC by Mastiff Norway.
- Daughters vs. Mothers
6×30; premieres in Russia in 1Q11
Welcome to age gap styling at its best! Daughters vs. Mothers is a makeover show for mothers and daughters at war over their wardrobes—from punk rock girls with dowdy mums, to women who refuse to grow old gracefully and their long-suffering daughters. Now, mothers and daughters have the chance to shake up the other’s look with a head-to-toe makeover. Will the end result be a successful style-overhaul — or a family feud? Daughters vs. Mothers is produced for TLC by Mastiff Russia.
- Money on the Menu
12×30; premieres in select markets in 2Q11
Mischievous host Nick Stevens brings viewers inside Money on the Menu, TLC’s first game show. In each episode, unsuspecting delivery patrons are treated to the shock of a lifetime when our host—posing as a food deliveryman—knocks on their door. They soon realize that not only has he brought the food, but he has also brought along a full production crew, ready to stage a mobile game show! Money on the Menu is produced for TLC by Original Media.
- Happily Ever Laughter
6×30; premieres in select markets in 2Q11
Each episode of Happily Ever Laughter features the wildest, wackiest moments from bachelor and bachelorette parties, proposals, rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions and honeymoons. Happily Ever Laughter is produced for TLC by CheriSundae.
- My Secret Body
12×30; premieres in select markets in 3Q11
From the producers of “Embarrassing Bodies”—one of the UK’s most popular series—comes My Secret Body. Each episode follows the journey of one individual as they struggle with hiding an embarrassing secret about their body. With the help of a therapist, these individuals grapple with revealing their painful secret to family and friends—but can they ultimately come to terms with their body issue? My Secret Body is co-produced with Maverick TV.
- World’s Worst Mom
13×60; premieres in select markets in 3Q11
Lenore Skenazy made headlines around the world in April 2008 when she allowed her nine-year-old son, Izzy, to travel on the New York subway on his own. Dubbed “America’s Worst Mom,” Lenore is now on an intrepid mission: to stage family interventions freeing kids smothered by their helicopter parents. World’s Worst Mom is a Cineflix (Worst Mom) Inc. production, in association with TLC International.
TLC International is a new flagship entertainment and lifestyle network targeting women 25-49 which is now available in more than 30 markets outside the United States. TLC is on track to reach 75 markets and 100 million households in 2011, making it the most widely distributed female-targeted entertainment and lifestyle channel brand in pay-TV.
In the United States, TLC reaches over 99 million homes and currently ranks as one of the top 10 networks in all key female demographic groups (Women 25-54/18-49/18-34/35-54). In 2010, TLC had 21 series averaging over a 1.0 HH rating including Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Sister Wives, Kate Plus 8, 19 Kids and Counting, Cake Boss, LA Ink, Say Yes to the Dress, and Toddler and Tiaras.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Discovery HD, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. Discovery Networks International distributes 21 international brands, reaching one billion cumulative subscribers with programming available in 40 languages. For more information please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.