A+E Networks Eyes Blaze Expansion As It Promotes UK Content Chief Dan Korn To Oversee Free-To-Air Brand

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EXCLUSIVE: A+E Networks has promoted UK executive Dan Korn to oversee its free-to-air channel Blaze as the U.S. cable giant eyes international expansion for the brand.
Korn joined A+E as Vice President of Programming in October 2016. He will now assume…

Channel 4 Believes In Terminally Ill Docuseries ‘Ghost’, Based On A+E Networks’ Format

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Channel 4 has ordered a UK version of Ghost, a moving documentary format where terminally ill people deliver a message to their families from beyond the grave. The series is based on the A+E Networks format Voices From the Grave that is in development …

UK Pay-TV Networks Spend Over £1B On Originals For The First Time As A+E’s Heather Jones Takes Over Trade Body

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Pay-TV broadcasters in the UK, including Sky and UKTV, have spent more than £1B (US$1.3B) on original, homegrown content for the first time.
A report from the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) highlighted that multichannel broadcasters investe…

A+E Networks Moves Into International Scripted Co-Productions With Crime Drama ‘Miss Scarlet And The Duke’

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The Crown star Kate Phillips is to front Miss Scarlet and The Duke – a British crime drama that marks A+E Networks International’s first moves into international scripted co-productions.
The series, which was created by Grantchester and The Mallo…

Sky Atlantic Dates ‘Tin Star’ S2; A+E Networks Hires Int’l Scripted Exec; BIFAs To Fete Judi Dench – Global Briefs

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British pay-TV giant Sky has dated the second season of Tim Roth-fronted drama Tin Star. Sky Atlantic will launch the forthcoming run of the Kudos-produced series on January 24 2019. The second season of the show, which also aired on Amazon in the U.S….

Sean Cohan to Leave A+E Networks, Run Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment

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Sean Cohan will leave A+E Networks, where he serves as president of international and digital media, to run Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment as president.

Cohan will remain with A+E Networks through the end of 2018 to manage a smooth transition for the company and its global leadership team. He will officially join Wheelhouse Entertainment in late January 2019.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel announced he is launching a new media company with Montgomery — dubbed Kimmelot — which will exist under the Wheelhouse Entertainment umbrella. Under the terms of the pact, Kimmel will also become a partner in Wheelhouse, which Montgomery launched in January after stepping down as CEO of ITV America.

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“At a time of seismic change in media and entertainment, to say that hiring Sean Cohan is a major win for us would be an understatement. From international business building to the rollout of a diverse range of creative worldwide, Sean’s expertise in growing businesses and forging innovative partnerships is matched only by his passion and character,” said Montgomery. “His commitment and great instincts have also bolstered the social impact of his work across audiences and cultures, making him one of our industry’s most respected executives. We are grateful to Paul Buccieri and A+E for working so supportively towards a new, collaborative relationship. Under Sean’s leadership, Wheelhouse will continue building out an ecosystem of bold approaches and new models that can lasso and leverage the ways talent, brands, content and technology all connect to forge new experiences for a global audience.”

Cohan is a 15-year veteran of A+E, and has led the company’s international and digital media networks since 2015.

“Sean has been a vital part of the A+E family for 15 years,” said A+E Networks Group president Paul Buccieri. “He has played an integral role in the international and digital expansion of some of the most respected brands. All of us at A+E are going to miss Sean and his vision, passion and leadership.”

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Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc Says Leaving A+E Was Taking a Chance on Building a Legacy

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When A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc announced earlier this year that she was stepping down from her post to take over as chief executive at Vice Media, it marked a bold transition in the media landscape. For Dubuc, that was the whole point.

In an conversation with TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman onstage at the Power Women Summit on Friday in downtown Los Angeles, Dubuc explained that the opportunity to help shape the next generation with a next-generation media company was too good to pass up.

“When this opportunity came up, it occurred to me that the greatest impact I could have is working in an organization of young people who needed me,” said Dubuc. “That would be my legacy if successful. And if not, shame on me, but if so, then that was more important to do.”

“I look around, and I don’t think many of my peers think that way or act that way,” she said.

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It wasn’t a move that came with few trade-offs or little risk, as she put it: “I definitely went to a harder job and got paid less money.” But at the end of the day, it came down to three words hanging on a sign in her office: “Who dares, wins.”

“I was staring at the sign at A+E for a while and started to feel like a fraud,” said Dubuc.

Packing up that sign and moving it to a new office at Vice surely qualified as a daring move. At the time of Dubuc’s appointment, the company was a month off reporting that it missed its 2017 earnings target by $100 million and had been racked by a series of #MeToo scandals resulting in the departure its chief digital officer and president.

But what Dubuc saw was opportunity. A corporate culture changing for the better and a group of young people passionate about their mission.

“When I got there, the overwhelming sense that I got is that the majority of the organization wanted to be trumpeted and celebrated,” she said. “Because most of the organization was doing the right thing.”

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She continued, “So how do we get the Vice story right, and how do we get the Vice story out there? Because we are one of the only media companies out there that is in service of youth in the way that we are.”

Putting the company back on the right trajectory is a “process,” Dubuc said, but it’s one that’s already in progress. “We have to get our structure right, we have to get our vision right, we have to obviously put a lot in place. The rapid growth of the company happened without a lot of structure in place, and a lot of things went wrong.”

Part of that process is ensuring a more inclusive workplace, one that better represents its audience and the company at large, because instituting top-down changes doesn’t work at a company aiming to serve the next generation.

“It’s all about who’s in the room,” said Dubuc. “The decision-making processes have to be made in a room that looks like the audience we’re serving media to.”

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“We already look shockingly different than most media companies,” she said. “Young, diverse, everything looks different, feels different.”

As such, the conversations she’s having internally at Vice already differ from the issues other media companies are just beginning to tackle. For instance, “When the next generation isn’t identifying as male or female, you’re not talking about 50-50 [gender parity].”

Those shifts in the media landscape are exactly the kind of legacy-building opportunities Dubuc was looking for in leaving A+E. Not just leading a successful company, but shaping a new kind of company that gives the next generation the best chance for success.

“We have to take them seriously,” she said, “There’s a lot of them.”

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A+E Networks’ History Asks ‘Why Does Everyone Hate The English?’ With Comedian Al Murray – Edinburgh

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EXCLUSIVE: Why does everyone hate the English? That’s the question being posed by British comedian Al Murray in a five-part series for A+E Networks’ History.
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Paul Buccieri Named President of A+E Networks Group

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Paul Buccieri has been named the new President of A+E Networks Group, the company announced on Friday.

Buccieri fills the vacancy left by outgoing CEO Nancy Dubuc, who left the company for Vice Media in March. He most recently served under Dubuc as president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks
Portfolio Group.

In the new role, he will oversee the entire company, which includes core networks A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI and VICELAND, as well as A+E Studios and other properties. He will report to the A+E Networks Group’s board of directors.

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The news was announced by Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Disney|ABC Television president Ben Sherwood on Friday. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Hearst and Disney|ABC Television.

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“Paul’s successful track record running A+E Studios and overseeing programming at the portfolio of brands, combined with his experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, will further propel A+E Networks’ momentum,” Swartz and Sherwood said in a joint statement. “He’s a proven leader, strong collaborator and skilled programmer with an eye for identifying trends in the very competitive content marketplace. As we make this announcement, we also thank A+E Acting Chairman Abbe Raven for her leadership during the transition and her assistance in identifying Paul as the network’s next leader. Abbe will remain in her role at least through year-end.”

“I want to sincerely thank our board members at Disney and Hearst for offering me this exceptional opportunity to lead A+E Networks during this transformative time in media,” said Buccieri. “I could not be prouder of A+E’s powerful brands, strong partnerships and, most importantly, the talented people I get to work with every day. We look forward to expanding on our solid foundation of creativity.”

Buccieri first joined A+E in 2015 as president of A&E and History. He previously held positions at the U.K. media company ITV and Fox Twentieth Television.

Variety was first to report the news.

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Discovery, Disney & Fox Call For “Urgent Clarity” Over The UK Government’s Brexit Strategy

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Broadcasters including A+E Networks, Discovery, Disney, Fox and Turner have called for “urgent clarity” over the British government’s Brexit strategy.
The Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA), the trade body that includes these networks and is ch…

Viacom’s Channel 5 Bolsters Digital Platform My5 With PBS America & A+E Networks Deals

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Viacom’s Channel 5 is bolstering its digital platform My5 with new content deals with PBS America and A+E Networks.
The company has added 1,500 hours of programming to the service, building on arrangements with the Together channel, All3Media’s Little …

FYI’s Wedding Format ‘Bride & Prejudice’ Heads To UK’s Channel 4 With 7 Wonder

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EXCLUSIVE: A+E Networks format Bride and Prejudice is heading to the UK after Channel 4 commissioned a local version of the relationship series.
The British broadcaster has commissioned a five-part series, based on the show that launched on FYI in Marc…

Hulu Signs Exclusive Deal With Vice Media, Adds 15 Viceland Shows to Lineup

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Hulu is adding 150 hours of original Viceland shows after the company announced a deal on Thursday making it the exclusive streaming home of Vice Media’s youth-focused cable channel.

The subscription video-on-demand partnership is the first of its kind for Vice. Hulu will add 15 Viceland shows to its lineup as part of the deal, including “Gaycation,” the Ellen Page-hosted look at LGBTQ communities, Gloria Steinem’s “Woman,” and “What Would Diplo Do?” featuring James Van Der Beek in a parody of the famous DJ.

The Viceland slate will be available on Hulu on June 8.

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“Our viewers love watching thought-provoking reality series on Hulu, and partnering with Viceland is yet another way we’re building the most valuable content offering for fans of unscripted programming,” said Lisa Holme, Hulu’s VP of content acquisition, in a statement. “Viceland has consistently created and produced stories that explore the cutting-edge, culturally-relevant topics that Hulu’s young and passionate audience craves, and we’re excited to be the very first to offer their shows in a subscription on-demand environment.”

Viceland launched in 2016 as a joint venture between Vice and A+E Networks. The channel focuses on millennial and Gen Z viewers, with its “Desus and Mero” show and partnerships with celebrities like Action Bronson among others. Viceland has struggled to gain a ratings foothold in its two years on air, although the company said in a release that its ratings have increased 26 percent year-over-year for the 18-49 demo.

“Viceland is a key part of expanding on VICE’s ongoing commitment to create the most compelling and unique content young viewers can’t find anywhere else,” said Viceland president Guy Slattery in a statement. “We’re excited to have Hulu as a platform partner to continue widening the audiences for our shows.”

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The deal comes as part of an affiliate agreement that Hulu and A+E Networks signed in March 2017, bringing six original A+E brands to the streaming service.

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