DirecTV Continues To Remove A&E Channels In Opt-In Program

DirecTV is again removing four A&E-owned channels from subscriber lineups if the satcaster deems that the subscriber isn’t watching them very often. The channels are: The History Channel, A&E Network, Vice, and Lifetime Movies. All four channels are owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture owned by Disney and Hearst.

A+E Networks Plans New Push Into TV Shows Focused On Food, Home

Sharon Scott To Lead Unscripted At A+E Networks

A+E Networks has named former NBC News exec Sharon Scott to lead its unscripted division. Scott will take on oversight of the company’s nonfiction content unit, which includes Category 6 Media and Six West Media. Steve Ascher, previously EVP of Six West Media, has been upped to head of development for the entire division, reporting to Scott.

Fineman Renews Overall Deal With A+E

How Will Broadcasters Build ROI Into Their Media Supply Chains?

Executives from Sky, Global Eagle and A+E Networks will look at how media companies are building supply chains ready to facilitate new revenue streams in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on July 1. Register here.

Filmmaker’s Suit Says A&E Networks Suppressed ‘Watergate’ Series

A+E Networks Starts TV’s Long Road To New Upfront Market

In a world focused on streaming, A+E Networks isn’t turning off the traditional TV. The company, jointly owned by Disney and Hearst, is placing emphasis on original TV series aimed first at linear TV, with a vow to increase original hours of programming by 50%. “Our commitment is to original content and, for us, continuing to put all of that content on linear TV first,” says Peter Olsen, EVP of ad sales.

A+E Networks To Shift To Total Audience Guarantees In Upfront Deals

Moving away from demographics metrics, A+E Networks says this year’s upfront deals with advertisers will shift to total audience guarantees as its primary mode of transaction. Demographic viewing groups — 18-49 viewers and 25-54 viewers, for example — will be offered as secondary guarantees. This will apply for all its networks — A&E, Lifetime and History — for its upfront deal-making. A+E will hold a virtual upfront presentation on March 3.

A+E Networks Doubles Video Edited Through Blackbird

Cloud video editing platform provider Blackbird said today that A+E Networks will double the volume edited through the Blackbird platform to “both enable a significant expansion of remote video production capability, while ensuring the overall safety of its editors who will now be able to work even more effectively, remotely.” A+E Networks, a joint venture […]

A+E Upfront Presentations Going Virtual

A+E Networks has become the latest company in the TV business to alter upfront presentation plans because of concerns over coronavirus. Instead of having media buyers attend a live event on March 25, A+E said it will have a series of virtual presentations that will be conducted on an agency–by agency basis.

Peacock Signs Huge Licensing Deal With A+E Nets

Peacock will get an infusion of unscripted series from A+E Networks when it launches this spring as part of wide-ranging licensing deal. The upcoming streaming platform from NBCUniversal will get the back catalogs of series from A&E and History, including Cold Case Files, First 48, Storage Wars, American Pickers, Ancient Aliens, Curse of Oak Island, Pawn Stars as well as History’s scripted drama Project Blue Book.

Nets, Nielsen to Test Addressable Ad Platform

A+E Networks, AMC Networks, CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and other media publishers double down on addressable TV initiatives ahead of the 2020 upfronts.

A+E, Dish, Adcuratio Partner On Advanced Adv.

A+E Networks is looking to expand the scope of its targeted advertising capabilities in a deal with Dish and Adcuratio that will allow marketers to serve up spots with creative messages that can be tailored for specific households.

PBS Masterpiece Picks Up A+E’s Period Drama ‘Miss Scarlet And The Duke’

A+E Networks Launches ‘Thank Our Veterans’ PSA Campaign

A+E Networks Names Karen Gray HR EVP

A+E Nets Warn Of Possible DirecTV Blackout

A+E Networks is warning viewers of a possible blackout of A&E Network, Lifetime, History and other channels across DirecTV platforms as the sides go down to the wire on carriage renewal negotiations. DirecTV and A+E Networks are facing a deadline of midnight ET Tuesday to strike a new deal that will keep A+E Networks channels on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse.

A+E Networks Offers New Data Tools For Smaller Advertisers

A+E Nets Syndicating ‘Intervention’ To Stations

A+E Networks is teaming with Los Angeles-based PPI Releasing for the U.S. syndication launch of its Emmy-winning reality series Intervention. One-hundred-seventy-five episodes of the series will be launched into syndication at NATPE in Miami for the U.S. 2019-20 broadcast season.

Steve Ascher Upped To SVP Of A+E Originals

Paul Buccieri Named President A+E Networks

He was a lieutenant of former President Nancy Dubuc, who left the cable programmer three months ago for the top job at Vice. Buccieri joined the company is 2015, running A&E and History.

‘Project Runway’ Future In Doubt Amid Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy

Dubuc’s A+E Exit Reflects Pay-TV Turbulence

A hasty CEO exit has put the spotlight on A+E Networks as a symbol of the business trends that are troubling the pay-TV arena.

A+E Unveils Female-Focused Upfront

After a dramatic few days leading up to A+E’s splashy upfront presentation Thursday night, the cable programmer largely breezed past all of the corporate drama and put on a focused, 50-minute show emphasizing its networks’ strong bond with women.

Nancy Dubuc Named New Vice Media CEO

Former A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc has been named CEO of Vice Media, the company said today. Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith will shift to a new role as executive chairman. The news comes a day after Dubuc announced her exit after nearly 20 years from A+E Networks. The transition comes as Vice has experienced some growing pains and some behind-the-scenes tumult amid allegations of questionable conduct among senior executives at the hard-charging digital content firm.

Nancy Dubuc Exits A+E Networks, Raven Back

A&E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc is leaving the company effective April 16. She has been in talks with Vice though it is unclear whether she would end up there. A+E Network’s former CEO of A+E Networks Abbe Raven, who retired from the company in 2015 after 33 years, will return as acting chair to oversee the transition until a replacement is named.

Nancy Dubuc Out Of Amazon Studios Race

A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc has pulled herself out of contention for the top job at Amazon Studios. Sources said Amazon had been in negotiations with Dubuc but the executive became weary of the extended interviewing process and decided to withdraw from consideration.

A+E Networks Reconfigures Its Ad Sales Team

OTT Bundle In Works For Non-Sports Viewers

The Wall Street Journal reports that people who are tired of paying for TV sports channels they don’t watch will soon have a new option. Cable channels owned by Discovery Communications, Viacom, AMC Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive will be part of a new streaming service expected to have a “soft launch” in coming weeks, people familiar with the situation say. Subscriptions will cost less than $20 a month. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.

A+E Networks Ups Evan Silverman To EVP

A+E Leads Funding Round For Atlas Obscura

A+E Nets Names Sharenow Programming Pres.

Watergate Scandal Stages TV Comeback

Renewed interest in the greatest political scandal in American history is already spurring a rush in the TV business to revisit the era. Watergate gives networks a familiar title to help draw big ratings as well as burnish their news legacies. Both ABC News and MSNBC have primetime specials on Watergate airing this weekend to coincide with the anniversary of the break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters at the complex.

A+E Networks Takes Full Ownership Of German Nets

Sky Extends Distribution Deal With A+E Nets

Hulu Adds A+E Nets To Live Streaming

Hulu and A+E Networks have inked a deal to add an A+E suite of channels to its live streaming product. The deal adds live and on-demand streaming access to A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, FYI, and Viceland to Hulu’s core package of more than 40 live channels, which is set to launch this spring.

Snap, A+E Set Original, Unscripted Deal

Snap Inc. has forged a content partnership with A+E Networks to develop the first unscripted reality series for Snapchat Shows. It’s called Second Chance,  a bit of melodrama involving “emotional exes” confronting each other. But the takeaway is that Snap is clamoring to show it really is a $25 billion business leading up to its IPO in a flurry of new content relationships announced this week. 

A+E Nets To Partner With Women’s Soccer League

A+E Networks Relaunches History En Español

A+E Networks is relaunching History en Español (HEE) with a new on-air look, new programming strategy and more than twice the number of premiere hours.   The new lineup includes docuseries such as Barbarians Rising and factual shows such as Hunting Hitler and Pawn Stars, along with scripted series. In addition, HEE is set to premiere Embajadores de la Mafia, which delves into the arrival of the Italian-American mafia in Latin America. The channel will also launch a Spanish-language […]

A+E Networks Ups Amanda Hill To CMO

A+E Networks has promoted Amanda Hill to the newly created position of chief marketing officer. She had been chief creative officer, overseeing A+E Networks’ international marketing, communications and programming teams. In her new role, Hill will manage marketing for A+E Networks’ portfolio of brands and businesses in the U.S. and abroad across all platforms — from linear television to direct-to-consumer to OTT and digital.