Discovery Communications has signed non-exclusive deals with Shine Group, All3Media and WTFN as part of the launch of a new virtual global unit of its production arm Discovery Studios focused on developing big content franchises. Under the pacts, Discovery Studios will work with the three companies to develop and commission original lifestyle, specialist, factual and general entertainment formats for Discovery’s networks around the world including Discovery Channel and TLC. The deal also includes pilot commitments for the three companies. Discovery Studios has been aggressive in signing unscripted producers, recently announcing overall deals with Eddie Barbini (Dirty Jobs), Rob Hammersly (Mythbusters) and Daniel Soiseth (Hell’s Kitchen).