A&E Network


Vice buys women’s media publisher Refinery29

Vice Media has acquired female-skewing digital publisher Refinery29. The latter business will report into Vice Boss and former A+E Networks exec Nancy Dubuc, who joined Vice in 2018. Dubuc said the deal demonstrated how Vice was “doubling down on the power of brand, voice and experience – things our audience puts trust in – as […]

Top US cable entertainment channel rankings unveiled

USA Network, home of The Sinner and Banijay’s forthcoming Temptation Island reboot, was the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment channel Stateside in 2018. The network marks its 13th year at the top of Nielsen’s annual rankings for cable entertainment channels in non-news and non-sports categories. It garnered an average of 1.48m across total viewers and […]

A&E Network unveils launch date for David Cassidy doc

A&E Network is to premiere its original ‘Biography’ documentary special David Cassidy: The Last Session on June 11 at 9pm ET/PT. Produced by Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, the film chronicles the last few months before the pop icon’s death when he went back into the recording studio for the last time. During this […]

Charles Ferguson explores Watergate for A+E’s History

A+E Network’s History channel has made a concerted drive into scripted series recently. But this week’s decision to greenlight a documentary series about disgraced US President Richard Nixon and the famous Watergate scandal shows that high-end factual series are still very much on the channel’s radar. Created by Academy Award-winner Charles Ferguson, the new series will […]

Cold Case Files reboots on A&E Network

Cold Case Files is returning to US-based A&E Network at the end of next month. Aided by new forensic technology and social media, detectives re-examine old cases and bring closure to victims’ families. Blumhouse Television and independent prodco Ample produce the 10x60mins season, and actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) narrates. Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and […]

Cold Case Files reboots on A&E Network

Cold Case Files is returning to US-based A&E Network at the end of next month. Aided by new forensic technology and social media, detectives re-examine old cases and bring closure to victims’ families. Blumhouse Television and independent prodco Ample produce the 10x60mins season, and actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) narrates. Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and […]

Hearst buys kids prodco Litton

New York-based media group Hearst is to buy a majority stake in children’s TV producer and distributor Litton Entertainment. The transaction is expected to close on February 1 following an agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, was struck between Hearst Television and Litton. Hearst has a range of media assets, including an ownership stake […]

Lifetime lays off Devious Maids

US network Lifetime has cancelled female-skewed comedy-drama Devious Maids after four seasons. The A+E Network-owned channel has chosen not to order a fourth season, and the Marc Cherry show’s Twitter feed subsequently confirmed the news. Lifetime had picked up the show in 2012 after broadcast network ABC rejected it. ABC sister ABC Studios produces the […]

A+E starts Blaze on UK Freeview

A+E Networks’ latest channel brand, Blaze, launches in the UK and Ireland next month. The network is planned as A+E’s first global free-to-air channel, but will debut in the UK and Ireland on September 20. It will be carried on the Freeview platform, with Sky Media handling ad sales. It will simultaneously launch as a […]

AT&T to carry Viceland

AT&T’s US platforms are to carry the upcoming A+E Networks-backed cable channel Viceland as part of a wider distribution agreement. Viceland will be available of both the AT&T U-verse TV service and through DirecTV, which AT&T acquired for US$48.5 billion last year. Viceland, which Vice Media will operate with the backing of A+E, is replacing […]