Hudson Group Partners with Discovery Communications to Open Discovery Channel Airport Stores

Feb 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from Hudson Group Retail Specialists from ,Discovery Commerce

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Transportation retail
 specialist Hudson Group has signed an agreement with Discovery Commerce, the
 retail and licensing arm of leading global real-world media company Discovery
 Communications, to open and operate Discovery Channel Airport Stores in
 airports across the United States and Canada.  The specific airport locations
 will be announced in the coming weeks.
     The partnership leverages Hudson's expertise as an airport retailer to
 build awareness for Discovery's brands and networks, and expands the reach of
 Discovery's award-winning product lines to millions of travelers who pass
 through North American airports every day.
     Joseph DiDomizio, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
 Hudson Group said: "Discovery's programming themes have inspired a wide range
 of high-quality lifestyle merchandise. Their most successful lines -
 innovative products for kids, leading edge technology and gadgets, health and
 wellness products, and compelling content for home entertainment - resonate
 strongly with frequent travelers. Through their merchandise and brand-focused
 presentation, the new airport stores will create a virtual Discovery
 experience and enable our customers to conveniently obtain items suggested by
 their favorite Discovery Channel programs."
     "Hudson's successful track record in airport retailing speaks for itself -
 the company has been a driving force in changing the face of airport
 concessions," said Frank Rosales, Discovery Commerce president.  "We are
 excited to partner with Hudson to help build on the success our retail
 business enjoyed in 2005, and give even more consumers access to our high-
 quality, award-winning products."
     Successful Brands
     The Discovery Channel Stores' merchandise selection is inspired by the
 programming genres found in the Discovery family of networks.  The assortment
 is anchored by an award-winning line of Discovery-designed children's products
 sold under the Discovery Kids, Ready Set Learn! and Discovery Grow Toys
 brands.  Adult-oriented merchandise is offered as well, including state-of-
 the-art consumer electronics, health and wellness products, cycling gear
 inspired by the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, and an array of fan-
 focused merchandise from Monster Garage, Miami Ink and American Chopper.
     With its vast library of compelling real-world content, Discovery is a
 leading provider of DVDs in core genres, including current series and network
 specials produced by Discovery Networks.
     Discovery Channel Airport Stores will present a look and feel very similar
 to Discovery's mall-based stores, and will feature a merchandise assortment
 drawn from Discovery's existing product lines.
     About Hudson Group:  Hudson Group is a privately held corporation that
 operates more than 450 premier specialty retail shops, newsstands and
 bookstores in 65 airports and transportation terminals throughout North
 America. The company's flagship concept, Hudson News, is North America's only
 national newsstand brand. Under the familiar blue sign can be found the most
 complete selection of magazines in the aviation industry, along with
 newspapers and a wide variety of travelers' necessities, snacks and bottled
 soft drinks. Hudson Group specialty retail shops include such proprietary
 brands as Hudson Booksellers, Kids Works, Euro Cafe, $10/$15 Boutique, and
 more. Other national brands partnering with Hudson Group include Crabtree &
 Evelyn, Godiva Chocolatier, Roots, House of Blues and Quiznos.
     About Discovery Communications:  Discovery Communications, Inc. is the
 leading global real-world media and entertainment company.  Discovery has
 grown from its core property, the Discovery Channel, first launched in the
 United States in 1985, to current global operations in more than 160 countries
 and territories with 1.3 billion cumulative subscribers.  DCI's over 100
 networks of distinctive programming represent 27 network entertainment brands
 including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel,
 Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Military
 Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery Kids En
 Espanol, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV, Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y
 Vivir), Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Real Time.  DCI's other
 properties consist of Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which
 operates more than 100 Discovery Channel Stores in the U.S.  DCI also
 distributes BBC America in the United States.  DCI's ownership consists of
 four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company (Nasdaq:   DISCA, DISCB), Cox
 Communications, Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks,
 the Company's Founder and Chairman.

SOURCE Hudson Group Retail Specialists; Discovery Commerce