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A+E Networks has launched a new in-house nonfiction production unit called A+E Originals, with “Scientology and the Aftermath” star Leah Remini the first to sign to an overall deal.
A+E Originals will develop and produce nonfiction and documentary content for distribution across the A+E portfolio, including A&E Network, Lifetime, History, LMN and FYI. The division was created by A+E Networks Portfolio Group president Paul Buccieri, and will be run by former History executive Steve Ascher, now vice president of A+E Originals.
Under the two-year deal, Remini will develop new projects under the banner, in addition to her ongoing docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which was renewed for a third season last month.
“I am so incredibly proud of this show and the movement that has started around it which continues to grow each and every day,” Remini said in a statement. “I’m honored to have a home at A+E Networks and am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to expand our relationship telling brave stories and bringing truth to light, no matter the obstacles.”
“Leah is an incredible talent and collaborator with a unique point of view and we are looking forward to developing her brand of brave storytelling to new topics,” added Buccieri. “The creation of A+E Originals provides the opportunity for us to partner directly with the industry’s best nonfiction storytellers like Leah, both in front of and behind the camera, to bring their ideas to audiences around the world.”
Remini is repped by APA, Art2Perform and Hirsch Wallerstein.