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Explore the Cosmos and See the Future Through the Mind of the World's Greatest Living Scientist

January 14, 2010

Contact - Elizabeth Hillman
SVP, Communications
Contact - Joshua Weinberg
VP, Communications
Contact - Sarah Factor

World Premiere Special Event Series Premieres Spring 2010

(Silver Spring, Md.) -- How did our universe begin?  Could alien life be found on distant planets?  Does our galaxy have a life expectancy?  Delve into the mind of the world's most famous living scientist and explore the splendor and majesty of the universe as never seen before in Discovery Channel's world premiere special four-part series INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING

As only Discovery can create and deliver, viewers will gain access to one of the most coveted locations known to man-the mind of Professor Stephen Hawking.  Marrying the most respected name in science with the most trusted worldwide name in nonfiction media, INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING is a landmark television event that will bend the mind, stretch the imagination and unleash the wonder.  Cutting- edge effects, digitally enhanced NASA footage and live action combine to bring Hawking's extraordinary vision of the universe to the screen for the first time.  Definitive, provocative, surprising and exquisitely beautiful, INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING is a fascinating look through the mind's eye of one of the finest brains on the planet.

"INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING combines the limitless intellect of Stephen Hawking with the boundless imagination of television's most creative storytellers.  We are truly honored to bring Professor Hawking's audacious style and groundbreaking science to Discovery's 1.5 billion subscribers around the world. 

INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING is a unique and unforgettable collaboration of art and science, one that sets a new standard for the industry," said Clark Bunting, president and general manager, Discovery Channel.

Physically confined but mentally free to explore and expound on the mysteries of the universe, Hawking takes viewers on a fantastic journey of discovery.  Beginning with the birth of our galaxies, Hawking theorizes what the Big Bang can tell us about the eventually end of the universe.  Is the cosmos a ticking time bomb?  And if so, what are the signs of its future demise?

INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING is produced for Discovery Channel by Darlow Smithson.  John Smithson is executive producer for Darlow Smithson.  Susan Winslow is executive producer for Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Channel

DISCOVERY CHANNEL (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality nonfiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which reaches 98.1 million viewers in the U.S., can be seen in over 170 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres, including science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.  Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including  For more information, please visit


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