Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advised Discovery Communications in the purchase of BBC Worldwide's 50 percent interests in the Discovery-BBC Worldwide joint ventures for the global TV channels Animal Planet and Liv (formerly People & Arts). The transaction was announced on November 15, 2010. Discovery and the British Broadcasting Corporation have also agreed to extend their programming relationship for co-productions and program acquisitions in North America by two years to 2014.
Discovery is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The Debevoise team was led by partner Richard D. Bohm and included partner Peter A. Furci, counsel Michael D. Devins, and associates Andrew M. Herman, Sue Meng, Michael Schaper, Antony Stokes and Noam B. Waldoks.