AMPLE launches true crime division, hires All3Media & 44 Blue Productions alum to run it

AMPLE Entertainment, the US prodco behind Facebook’s 9 Months With Courteney Cox, has launched a true crime division and appointed veteran producer Tammy Wood to run it. Wood becomes SVP of crime programming and will report directly to co-presidents Ari Mark and Phil Lott. She will oversee production across AMPLE’s crime show slate, which includes […]

FYI channel to launch in India

A+E has rolled out its FYI channel in the Indian market. The lifestyle net was launched after A+E rebranded its Bio service, and it has been rolling it out internationally since. The new female-skewed channel will be run by the A+E and TV18 joint venture and will be available in Hindi, Telegu and English. There will […]

Vice-branded A+E channel due next year

The planned rebranding of A+E Networks’ H2 channel as a Vice Media-branded proposition is expected to happen early next year. According to various US reports, an announcement confirming a cable network that will be carried in 70 million homes is expected today. The plan came to the fore after A+E invested US$250 million in youth […]

Cable net FYI to be Married at First Sight for the second time

US cable channel FYI has ordered a second season of Married at First Sight, the entertainment show made by Red Arrow’s US prodco Kinetic Content. FYI, previously the Bio channel and part of A+E stable, greenlit season two with season one still running. The show is billed as an extreme social experiment following six individuals […]

Foxtel buys huge package from FremantleMedia

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel has acquired a 450-hour package of programming from FremantleMedia International. The deal will give Foxtel content for several of its own channels and joint-venture offerings including Bio, History, CI, Lifestyle and Arena. The package spans several genres of content. Factual titles include 16x30mins Morgan Spurlock series A Day in the […]

News brief: FYI channel launching in Canada

The FYI channel is launching in Canada as part of Shaw Media’s bouquet of specialty channels. The channel, which is owned and run by A&E in the US and Shaw in Canada, will target female Canadian viewers with lifestyle shows including. The new net will rollout in Canada at start-September. Cable operator Rogers will offer […]

News brief: Foxtel explores Hollywood’s Best Film Directors

Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has acquired factual entertainment series Hollywood’s Best Film Directors. Foxtel will run the 78x26mins series on its Bio channel after acquiring the show from Paris- and LA-based Prime Entertainment Group. “The show has been doing very well worldwide and has been a big success on major movie networks like HBO, Universal, […]

A+E hires two for LMN and FYI

A+E Networks has hired programming executives for its FYI and LMN channels. FYI launches this summer and Thomas Moody (pictured) has been appointed senior VP, programming, planning & acquisitions at FYI, the lifestyle channel A+E is launching later this year. He will also have responsibility for the Lifetime spin-off channel LMN. Moody has been at […]

A+E’s Bio to rebrand as FYI

Jana Bennett is to preside over a rebranded Bio channel, which will switch to more lifestyle-focused content that reflects “how people actually live their lives”. The move has been touted for some time and came a step closer after A+E Networks’ CEO Nancy Dubuc drafted in former BBC Worldwide content boss Bennett to oversee its […]

Major channels sign up to Freeview streaming service

A new UK pay-TV streaming service for Freeview viewers, VuTV, has signed deals A+E Networks, Viacom, and Turner Broadcasting ahead of its launch this autumn. The agreements will make channels like Comedy Central, Bio, MTV, CNN, History, Crime & Investigation, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito available to VuTV users via web-connected Freeview HD boxes. […]