A&E Network


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 […]

A&E finds Herberts

A&E Network has ordered an unscripted series about five advertising agency brothers. The Herbert Brothers (WT) will follow the five brothers from Batesville, Indiana, who launched an advertising empire after creating a top-rating Super Bowl commercial. Fresh from selling I Want to Marry Harry to Fox, UK indie Zig Zag Productions is attached to produce, […]

MIPTV Hot pick: World Wars

Former UK Prime Minister John Major, his Italian counterpart Mario Monti, US general Colin Powell and secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld are among the contributors to World Wars, a new six-parter for History Channel that suggests World War I and World War II were in fact one bloody continuum rather than distinct events. From The […]

A+E, ZDFE renew content pact

A+E Networks and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises have renewed an eight year-old acquisition and distribution pact. Under terms of the agreement, ZDF History content will remain on A+E channels in a Sunday night slot. ZDF programmers will remain in control of the block, which includes ZDF and A+E content. ZDFE, German pubcaster ZDF’s commercial arm, will […]

New look A+E programing team ups four

A+E Networks has followed its recent appointment of a new top programming team by promoting four executives at History, H2, Lifetime and Bio. The Hatfields and McCoys channel operator had named Elaine Frontain Bryant as senior VP, development and programming, History; Paul Cabana as Senior VP and head of programming, H2; Mary Donahue as senior […]

Mike Darnell lands top Warner Bros. unscripted role

Former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell has joined Warner Bros. in a wide-ranging role that hands him control of Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Darnell will become Warner Bros. Television Group’s first president, unscripted and alternative television on August 12, reporting to WBTG’s president and chief content officer Peter Roth. The job gives […]

Robert Weiss on the future for Ovation

Robert Weiss was appointed chief creative officer of Ovation TV late last year and the former Eqal, FX, VH1 and Fuse executive has swiftly restructured the arts and culture network. Kris Slava, Marc Johnson and almost 30 staffers have left in total and several new faces have been brought in during Weiss’ short tenure. TBI […]

Universal Channel buys Bates Motel for Asia, rebrands

Universal Channel in Asia has acquired Bates Motel, the A&E Network drama based on Alfred Hitchcock horror Psycho, as part of a new global strategy to focus on character-driven programming. The network’s parent, NBCUniversal International Television, plans to rebrand the channel across the 103 territories it broadcasts in, starting with its Asian channel feed on Sunday […]

TCM buys Longmire

The UK version of Turner’s TCM has acquired drama series Longmire. The one-hour drama series, about a Wyoming sheriff (Robert Taylor), was shown on the A+E Network in the US where it was, at the time, the network’s most-watched original series. With an average of 4.1 million viewers. TCM has bought the series from Warner […]

A&E orders Rodeo Girls series from The Weinstein Company

US cable net A&E has ordered a reality series about female rodeo competitors from The Weinstein Company. The show, Rodeo Girls, will go behind the scenes on the pro rodeo circuit. A&E has ordered a full 8x1hr series and will announce the show at its TCA press presentation later today. The show will sit alongside […]