A+E International

A+E Networks appoints Fox veteran to oversee international and licensing

A+E Networks has appointed Steve MacDonald to oversee its international operations and its global multi-platform and library content licensing activities. MacDonald has been named president, global content licensing & international, reporting into A+E Networks Group president Paul Buccieri, and joins following more than two decades with Fox’s Twentieth Television. Most recently, he was EVP and […]

Steve Ronson to run Chicken Soup prodco

US-based publisher Chicken Soup for the Soul has created a TV and film division and brought in former A+E boss Steve Ronson to run it. Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for its books featuring inspirational true-life stories and will make branded TV shows and features. Ronson left A+E late last year after a […]

New format deals for Pawn Stars

There will be local versions of hit reality format Pawn Stars after the A&E and History channels in Australia and South Africa commissioned series. History UK has also ordered a second season of its local version of the show, which follows larger than life characters working in the pawn shop business. The show was created […]

The factual landscape: ducks, docs and digital

The business of selling factual programming is changing – with free-to-air slots for classic factual shows hard to come by, distributors are looking to other categories of non-fiction, as well as to digital, big-screen and even virtual reality platforms, writes Stewart Clarke. For the largest factual distributors the business has got more complex and, increasingly, […]

Duck Dynasty ratings slide on new season opener

Duck Dynasty’s sixth season premiere on US cable channel A&E pulled in just 4.6 million viewers. In comparison, the unscripted ob doc’s fourth season launch smashed ratings records with 11.8 million. The season six launch is also down nearly four million on the season five launch, which took 8.5 million. The Gurney Productions show, which […]