Discovery Communications said today it has signed a multi-year deal with Total Nonstop Action Impact Wrestling for its Destination America network, debuting in January. The series features such names as Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley and Gail Kim. The partnership includes the U.S. premieres of additional TNA Wrestling series and specials and provides Discovery with international broadcasting rights in select regions, to be announced at a later date.
The deal “provides a significant addition to Destination America’s programming strategy,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Destination America, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Fit & Health and Discovery Family Channel.
“We are very excited about Destination America being the new network for IMPACT WRESTLING and the partnership with Discovery Communications both domestically and across the globe. Their commitment to promote and grow our brand in innovative and compelling ways was instrumental in knowing we had found the right home,” said TNA President Dixie Carter.
UTA repped TNA in the deal.
Destination America, launched from the ashes of Discovery Communications’ Planet Green in 2012, is available in more than 57 million homes. Discovery touts it as a network “emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation”; the lineup includes Mountain Monsters, A Haunting, Hillbilly Blood, Buying The Bayou, Buying Alaska, Ghost Asylum and BBQ Pitmasters.
TNA is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, specializing in TV properties, events, merchandise, music, and the management and promotion of pro wrestlers. TNA annually delivers more than 500 hours of original content.