July 1, 1995

Short Takes, July / August 1995

Discovery Strikes Major Programming Deal

The Discovery Channel is making a major step into the in-flight TV market­ place with a deal to provide programming and a cobranded graphics package to United Airlines' Insight Channel, a reg­ular channel offering what the nation's largest air carrier debuted in June on a new generation of long-range aircraft, the Boeing 777. Each seat on every Boeing 777 aircraft is equipped with an individual video screen that offers six video choices, including the Insight Channel, which consists entirely of Discovery product. The Discovery Channel currently provides in-flight programming to more than a dozen domestic and international air carriers, including programming dubbed or subtitled into other languages .

Sequent Forms Entertainment Division

In a significant expansion, Sequent Communications, Inc., a major source of archival news film footage, has created an entertainment division called Time Span Entertainment for the production of original programming. Sequent Communications' archive library is one of the largest privately held film and tape stock libraries in the world. It includes the Grinberg Film Library, Paramount, and Pathe News collections, which represent the only newsreels commercially available in the United States. Sequent hopes to use these collections as a base on which to build its own original programming for distribution to broadcast, cable, home video, and interactive media markets worldwide.

According to Charles S. Bonan, chairman and CEO of Sequent Communications, "Forming an entertainment division was the natural step. We are like a mini-studio with an irreplaceable source of footage adaptable to unlimited program concepts, merchandisable through a myriad of media platforms." Sequent Communications has appointed Dan Moss as president of the new division to oversee all aspects of TimeSpan Entertainment.

Sequent Communications' collections consist of approximately 20 million feet of film and tape, representing over 3,000 hours of programming. The Grinberg Film Library, one of Sequent Communications' subsidiaries, recently concluded an agreement with Conus Communications, the world's largest satellite news gathering cooperative, to give Sequent access to Conus video news images and archive material for immediate licensing, further expanding its available collection.