August 24, 2013 09.30 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Discovery Channel US and Discovery Networks International have launched a new global landmark development fund in the amount of $500,000 to fuel “the next generation of groundbreaking epic series and landmark events.”
“In its continued commitment to developing and producing the world’s most ambitious, highest quality programming, Discovery Channel and DNI are working in partnership to kickstart the creation of the next big breakthrough programmes in science, adventure, history, engineering, natural history and more. The global landmark development fund will invest in the most impressive and daring ideas from the production community around the world.”
“Discovery Channel is as committed as ever to pushing the boundaries of traditional genres and breaking new grounds in the non-fiction space,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery Channel and TLC Networks, US
“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.”
“This is an exciting challenge for producers to bring us ideas as ambitious and innovative as Planet Earth and North America,” said Luis Silberwasser, EVP and chief content officer, DNI.
“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. Discovery programming is renowned worldwide for its excellence and this fund will ensure we continue to reinvent in the masterpieces of which we are so proud.”
Signature Discovery highlights from the past year include the runaway success of North America, Discovery’s first independently produced natural history landmark series.
Earlier this year, Discovery celebrated other marvels, capturing Nik Wallenda’s historic tightrope crossing over the Grand Canyon with the nail-biting special Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, which aired live in nearly 180 countries worldwide.