On Friday, June 16, over 4,000 employees at Discovery Communications stepped away from their desks to participate in the company’s eighth annual day of global employee volunteerism, “Discover Your Impact Day.”
From Silver Spring to Beijing, employees in 60 offices across 37 countries participated in nearly 200 volunteer projects to help improve local communities worldwide. These projects included feeding the homeless, revitalizing local schools, cleaning community centers, improving conditions at pet adoption shelters, beautifying parks and waterways, and much more.
As part of Discovery Impact, the company’s corporate social responsibility umbrella, Impact Day celebrates Discovery’s purpose-driven mission and provides employees with an opportunity to give back in the communities where they live and work.
Check out all the highlights from the day by searching #OurImpact on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and following along @DiscoveryComm.
Check out these photos and all of the highlights from the day by searching #OurImpact on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and following along @DiscoveryComm.
(David Zaslav kicks off Impact Day with the team at Riverside)
(Team Tokyo takes a break from beautifying their local beach to snap a shot)
(Going for green: David Leavy and team clean up Clagett Farm in Maryland)
(The Smithsonian National Zoo team in Washington, DC strikes a pose)
(Employees in Istanbul work with the Special Olympics)
(Singapore employees lend a helping paw at Mutts and Mittens)
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2, One Discovery Place will “Light It Up Blue” along with thousands of companies across the globe. For the ninth year in a row, Discovery Communications is proud to partner with Autism Speaks on their annual initiative, which aims to increase understanding, acceptance and further support of people with autism.
In addition to lighting up our global headquarters blue, Discovery will also run a PSA across all of its U.S. networks, along with blue on-screen logos and branding throughout the day.
Earth Hour challenged people all over the world to turn off their lights for one hour to demonstrate the need for action against climate change. At our global headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland we shut off our lights for 1 hour to show support for Earth Hour.
And, of course, Discovery is a global media company with a mission-driven approach to not only entertain but inspire. So our colleagues in Romania joined in by interrupting its broadcast for a minute to ask viewers to turn off their TVs for one hour. This was a huge undertaking across departments, and with the strong support of our ad sales team. We were proud to support Earth Hour and turning up the dark!
For many of us, this long weekend in honor of President’s Day signals the final long weekend until the start of summer. Luckily, we have plenty of premieres and thought-provoking shows to take your mind off the long winter months ahead. Here’s what’s coming up, starting tomorrow:
The Zoo (Saturday, February 18 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet): Animal Planet takes audiences on a first-ever, in-depth look behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo, a New York institution and global leader in animal care and species conservation. With full access to the Bronx Zoo’s 265-acre campus, located a mere ten miles from New York’s Times Square, Animal Planet shines a light on a wondrous world of more than 6,000 animals and the 500-plus people dedicated to their care and well-being.
Long Island Medium (Sunday, February 19 at 8PM ET/PT on TLC): Fan-favorite medium Theresa Caputo returns for an all-new series of awe-inspiring readings to some of your favorite celebrities. Season premiere guests include Rosie O’Donnell, Mo’Nique and Ta’Rhonda Jones.
Lone Star Law (Sunday, February 19 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet): Starring the elite squad of Texas Game Wardens who who protect the Lone Star State’s wildlife and more than 27 million citizens, LONE STAR LAW takes viewers on the often dangerous journeys across more than a quarter-million squares miles of deserts, lakes, piney woods, bayous, plains and coast. The Texas Game Wardens have their hands full every day, protecting both animals and citizens, and with Texas being the second largest state in the U.S., there seems to be no slowing down any time soon.
What better way to brave this icy weather than with a weekend of Discovery and chill? (That’s a thing, right?!) Anyways, this lineup of weekend programming is one you won’t want to miss. From mind-bending science to side-splitting comedy, here’s what’s coming up starting this evening:
Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson (Friday, Feb. 10 at 10PM ET on Animal Planet): Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Anthony Anderson hosts Animal Planet’s all-new weekly talk show, offering everything from viral animal video highlights, discussions about the most buzzed about pop culture phenomena and special celeb guests with their furry companions!
The Dark Side of the Sun (Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel): Premiering as the centerpiece of Science Channel Weekend on Discovery Channel, THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN tells the story of our growing awareness of the true nature of our star, its critical importance to all life on Earth, and its potentially harmful effects on modern civilization. Science Channel will broadcast the film the following evening at 9PM ET/PT. In addition, throughout the weekend, Discovery will air science themed programming including last year’s “Telescope,” “Mythbusters,” “Mythbusters: The Search,” and “What on Earth?”
Long Lost Family (Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9PM ET/8PM CT on TLC): Returning for a second season, along with spinoff series “Long Lost Family: What Happened Next,” LONG LOST FAMILY features deeply moving and heartfelt stories of people who have been separated for decades and are longing to be reconnected with lost loved ones. This season will feature those who have been haunted by the sudden disappearance of their parents, siblings that believe in each other’s existence but have never had it confirmed, and parents who yearn to discover what became of the babies they reluctantly had to part with ages ago.