The first season of A&E’s award-winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath explored the disconnection and breaking up of families stemming from the controversial religion. In the forthcoming third season, Remini and her co-host Mike Rinder continue to dive into the religion they were once part of to explore other abusive practices. The pair were joined on the Contenders stage with Co-Editor-in-chief Mike Fleming, Jr. to talk about how the new season of…
Leah Remini (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath) is expanding her relationship with A+E Networks, signing a two-year overall first-look development deal to produce new unscripted projects for the A+E Networks portfolio.
This marks the first overall deal for A+E’s newly launched in-house nonfiction division, A+E Originals, designed to internally develop and produce premium nonfiction and documentary content for distribution across the A+E portfolio, including A&E…
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.
A year ago, A&E re-calibrated its programming strategy, returning to its roots as an exclusively nonfiction brand by exiting the scripted drama arena to double down on non-scripted and largely documentary series. At the time, the network, which had fallen out of the cable Top 10 to No. 15, was showing the first signs of a ratings turnaround with the first back-to-back months of viewership growth in almost four years.
A year later, A&E wrapped up 12 consecutive months of…
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“There are seven Real Housewives cities and four spinoffs and I think this is our first award in 13 years,” laughed Jerry Leo, EVP at NBCUniversal Cable, as he accepted the statuette.
In perhaps the speediest awards luncheon on record, the ceremony emceed by Dan Abrams (host of the nominated Real PD on A…
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