Gaiam Vivendi Bows New ‘Discovery’ Discs4 Sep, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment Sept. 4 said it would release five new DVD titles this month as part of an updated distribution agreement with Discovery Communications.
Under the multiyear agreement first announced in July, Gaiam Vivendi will continue to release programming on disc and digital from Discovery Communications’ networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel.
The new discs feature compilations from episodic programming found on the Discovery and Science Channels. The titles include “Ghost Lab: Pursuit of The Paranormal,” “Project Earth,” “Space Flight Collection,” “Man vs. Wild: Close Calls,” and “How It’s Made: The Fun Stuff.”
“Ghost Lab” follows the adventures of paranormal investigators Brad and Barry Klinge who research on phenomena outside of science’s realm of explanation. The 220-minute DVD streets Sept. 4 for $14.93.
“Project Earth” takes on geo-engineering experiments across the globe, pinpointing areas of concern and opportunity, while confronting climate change. The disc streets Sept. 18 for $14.93.
“Space Flight Collection” showcases the triumphs and failures of previous journeys through the universe, including NASA's ground breaking walk on the moon with Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 at the age of 82. The 187-minute DVD streets Sept. 25 for $14.93.
“Man vs. Wild” features a collection of adventurer Bear Grylls’ closet calls and near misses from his popular TV show. The 215-minute disc retails for $14.98 on Sept. 18.
“How It’s Made” showcases 30 of the series’ best segments featuring children’s themed topics, including how treats such as candy canes and ice cream cones are created, and radio controlled model jets and pin ball machines are made. The 160-minute DVD retails for $14.93 on Sept. 11.
Vivendi Entertainment’s Discovery License agreement is one of the reasons Gaiam in April acquired it from Universal Music Group for $13.5 million. Other Vivendi content partners include WWE, Classic Media, RHI Entertainment, National Geographic, Shout! Factory, Nassar Entertainment Group and NFL Productions, among others.