Dance Moms

Buyers Briefing: Christian Drobnyk, Lifetime

Name: Christian Drobnyk Title: Senior VP, programming, strategy and acquisitions, Lifetime, A+E Networks Christian Drobnyk commissions and acquires programming for A+E Networks’ flagship female-skewed station, Lifetime. The channel has built up a reputation for its unscripted series, dramas and original movies, and has been rolling out internationally since it debuted in Canada in May 2012. […]

Dance Moms gets UK remake

A+E Networks has ordered a UK version of reality series Dance Moms for its female-skewing channel Lifetime. ITV Studios-owned producer Shiver will make the UK version of the series, which will be called Dance Mums and launch later this year. It marks the first time the US-originated format has been remade locally. Dance Mums will […]

Lifetime channel launching in Lat-Am

A+E Networks’ female-skewing channel Lifetime is launching in Brazil and Latin America. The A+E channels in Lat-Am are run as a three-way joint venture between A+E, Ole Communications and Sony Pictures Television. Eddy Ruiz, president and general manager of A+E Networks Latin America will be general manager for the new channel. Sony’s channels are distributed […]

Jana Bennett joins new look A+E

Former BBC Worldwide president of worldwide networks Jana Bennett has re-emerged at A+E Networks, where she will make up part of a new-look team operating under new president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. Bennett, who exited BBCWW last year as part of a major restructure of the BBC’s commercial arm, will become president of the second-tier […]

Lifetime ups Chessler, hires Hardy

US cable network Lifetime has promoted one its key programming executives, Kimberly Chessler and hired another, Paul Hardy. Both will have the title of vice president, reality programming. Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 after over a decade at NBC Universal’s female-skewing net Oxygen. She has worked on unscripted series including Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate […]