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Discovery in JV with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer for a digital studio

MUMBAI: US infotainment broadcaster Discovery has formed a joint venture with Oscar winning filmmaker Ron Howard and his producing partner Brian Grazer for a digital studio, New Form.

The digital studio brings together Discovery’s expertise in engaging audiences across global platforms with the team behind TV shows like ‘24’, ‘Arrested Development’ and Oscar winning films ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’.

Based in Los Angeles and helmed by Kathleen Grace, who has been appointed Chief Creative Officer, New Form will focus on developing high-quality, scripted and unscripted programming for today’s digital viewers. Partnering with key distributors and brands, New Form’s series will be available through a series of partnerships, with the possibility of expanded distribution across Discovery and partner platforms globally in the future.

Discovery president, CEO David Zaslav said, “We are excited and proud to have the most accomplished and creative minds in all of film and television investing with us in New Form. Brian and Ron are best-in-class storytellers, and we look forward to developing compelling programming for today’s digital viewers. This creative powerhouse, coupled with Discovery’s strong programming expertise and our ability to engage viewers across our global platforms, is an unparalleled combination.”

Grazer said, “Technology is rapidly changing the entertainment landscape for studios, producers and audiences, and Ron and I could not think of a better partner to invest with than Discovery to expand beyond film and television and enter into the digital frontier”.

Howard said, “By investing with Discovery, New Form is poised to re-imagine storytelling and reach new audiences online and beyond”.

New Form CCO Kathleen Grace most recently served as head of creative development for YouTubeSpace LA, a 41,000 square foot facility dedicated to YouTube content creators and collaboration. Prior to joining YouTube, she was Vice President of production and programming at Next New Networks (acquired by YouTube in 2011), producing original series and working with emerging online talent.