Contact: Edwina FollowsRegion: Canada




Title: Director of Commissioning and Production
Genre: All
Region: Canada
E: edwina.follows@bellmedia.ca
W: www.discovery.ca

About Channel

Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes.  Discovery is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – along with Animal Planet, Discovery Science, Investigation Discovery and Discovery World.  Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc.  

Programme Interests

Looking For

Series and Specials

Our Goal is to commission programming that at its core delivers:
1. Renewable character-driven series where the characters are authentic and the stakes are high and very real. Our characters are self-made with a passion for their work and the guts to live life on their own terms. IE: Highway Thru Hell, Dangerous Flights, Jacked! and Cold Water Cowboys.
2. Big, Event Specials where the audience has to tune in: Live, Drama, Documentary, IE: Nic Wallenda Live, Megalodon, JFK: The Smoking Gun, Klondike.
3. Entertaining approaches to science, technology, and adventure. IE: Never Ever Do This at Home, Don't Drive Here, Naked and Afraid. We are accomplished at working with international formats and adapting them for the Discovery audience. We also take an active role in creating original formats.

OUR TYPICAL VIEWER:
Our typical viewer is male between 18 and 49 years old. Our viewer comes to Discovery Canada seeking knowledge and insight, living vicariously through our programming, participating in extraordinary experiences they wouldn't have otherwise.

 

WHAT'S WORKING:
Series like Highway Thru Hell, Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch, Auction Kings, Fast N' Loud, Moonshiners, How It's Made, Alaska: The Last Frontier, Canada's Worst Driver & Cash Cab. As well as big international special event programming like Aliens: The Definitive Guide, JFK: The Smoking Gun.

STORYTELLING:
The key element in all our commissioned programming is great take-away. For any commissioned series or Special, producers should think of their project as not simply a TV show but as a full, four screen, socially engaging experience.
 

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About

As Director, Edwina Follows is responsible for the commissioning, development and production of independent programming for Discovery and its related networks (Animal Planet, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Science).

 

In 2005, Follows joined Discovery Channel’s in-house production company, Exploration Production Inc.’s (EPI) as producer and soon rose to the position of Director of Production. Under her focused leadership, EPI became a leading producer of high-quality and critically-acclaimed documentary series and specials, including QUEEN MARY II, MIGHTY SHIPS, NERVE CENTRE, FORENSIC FACTOR, and MIGHTY PLANES – programs which have achieved success not only on Discovery Channel, but in markets around the world.

 

Since assuming her role of Director of Commissioning and Production in 2012, Discovery has premiered a record-breaking number of Canadian shows. Edwina oversees an annual slate of over 350 hours of original programming, including some of the channels most successful programs (Highway Thru Hell, Canada’s Worst Driver, Coldwater Cowboys).

 

Prior to joining Discovery Channel, she enjoyed a successful career as a screenwriter for Canadian and U.S. television series including BRACE FACE, TRADERS, RELIC HUNTER, BEAST MASTER, EMILY OF NEW MOON, and PIT PONY.