RTL II ties knot with Animal Planet

'Crocodile Hunter' premieres in doc block

BERLIN — German broadcaster RTL II and Discovery Communications on Monday announced the launch of Animal Planet as part of a new branded programming block on the web.

Move expands Discovery’s presence in Germany, where company has programming deals with commercial web ProSieben, pubcaster ZDF and pay TV broadcaster Premiere.

The two-hour weekly Animal Planet block on RTL II, which includes “The Crocodile Hunter” and “The Jeff Corwin Experience,” premiered May 11 and will continue to air Sunday afternoons.

Patrick Hoerl, general manager of Discovery Channel in Germany, said, “RTL II is an ideal home for Animal Planet’s top quality non-fiction entertainment that spans the world, bringing viewers close to amazing animals and the raw power of the natural world. We’re very pleased to extend our activities in the German free TV market with a quality partner like RTL II and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them in the future.”

RTL II programming chief Torsten Prenter added, “The wildlife programs on RTL II are extremely popular. We’re delighted to present ‘Animal Planet’ to our viewers, who can look forward to many more exciting and topical animal documentaries.”

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