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Discovery Networks International Orders 20 Hours of Original Content from Maverick

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The U.K. production firm will produce "Body Confidential," hosted by presenter and model Lisa Snowdon, for TLC internationally and a second season of "My Naked Secret."

NEW YORK - Discovery Communications' Discovery Networks International has commissioned 20 hours of original programming from U.K. production firm Maverick.

The content includes 15 hours of lifestyle and five hours of factual programming that will air on the cable networks company’s portfolio of 144 TV networks worldwide.

Among the programs is Body Confidential, a new hour-long series hosted by TV presenter, radio DJ and model Lisa Snowdon, which got a four-episode order and will air on TLC internationally. The series is described as a "fashion show where the man is in control of his wife's wardrobe."

The programs also include the second season of half-hour personal transformation program My Naked Secret, which got an order of 12 episodes. The renewal marks the first original DNI production to be greenlit for a second season. The series, which follows individuals' struggle with a hidden secret about their body, first premiered on TLC in Poland. It then rolled out around the world on TLC and other lifestyle networks, including Discovery Fit & Health in the U.S.  

Titles and formats for the remaining 10 hours of Maverick content will be announced at a later date, the companies said.

“DNI is committed to teaming up with top-notch production companies to provide our viewers with the very best in factual and lifestyle entertainment, designed to appeal to both global and local audiences,” said Julian Bellamy, creative director and head of production and development at Discovery Communications' international arm. “With a proven track record for delivering compelling series and attracting fresh talent, including Lisa Snowdon, who we are very pleased to have on board, Maverick is a natural partner for DNI, and we look forward to furthering our already-strong relationship in the future.”

Maverick’s Alexandra Fraser promised "a raft of intelligent and entertaining formats with global appeal - a trademark which we believe applies equally to Discovery and Maverick."

Discovery says it reaches more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 200 countries and territories. Discovery Networks International distributes 26 international brands, reaching over 1 billion cumulative subscribers with programming in 45 languages.

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