Dirk Hoogstra


Bennett exiting History to create prodco

History chief Jana Bennett is to leave A+E Networks to create a London- and New York-based production company. A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc told staff Bennett had informed her of the plan to launch a new business earlier this spring. Former BBC Worldwide channels chief Bennett has been with History parent A+E for nearly four years, […]

Hoogstra resurfaces with Banijay’s Stephen David

Former History programming honcho Dirk Hoogstra has resurfaced as chief creative officer of Banijay Group-owned US producer Stephen David Entertainment. At SDE, he will oversee development, packaging and sales of the production slate in the premium content space, responsible for international financing and coproduction. Hoogstra (pictured) is widely liked within the US creative community thanks […]

Bennett upped, Hoogstra exits History

Dirk Hoogstra’s time with History is over, with Jana Bennett taking over the general manager post at the US cable channel. Hoogstra is credited with some of History’s biggest recent hits including scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, but the channel has suffered significant dips over the past two years. Hoogstra becomes the latest high-ranking executive to […]

Epic drama Rising

The story of History’s new historical miniseries, Texas Rising, which debuts this evening on Memorial Day, according to the key players behind its creation Act 1 The patriotic rallying call Commander William B. Travis delivered in an open letter to his fellow Americans on February 24, 1836 sets the scene for US cable channel History’s biggest […]

History drama explores Knights Templar

US cable channel History and actor Jeremy Renner are developing a scripted series chronicling the events that led to the fall of the Knights Templar in the 14th century. Knightfall is from History sister producer A+E Studios in association with Renner’s prodco The Combine and another US producer, Midnight Radio. The story will follow the […]

New programming chiefs at A&E, History

Elaine Frontain Bryant and Paul Cabana have been promoted to programming chiefs for A&E and History, respectively. This comes as new A&E and Lifetime executive VP and general manager Rob Sharenow beds into his new role. Sharenow made the announcement jointly with History and H2 EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra. Frontain Bryant will be head […]

Buccieri leaves ITV Studios for A+E

Paul Buccieri is exiting ITV Studios America in order to become president of the A&E and History networks in the US. He is currently the chairman of ITV Studios US Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, but will move to A+E Networks to work under CEO Nancy Dubuc in the new year. He will oversee […]

A+E, ITV Studios partner for History drama

US cable channel History has commissioned an eight-part period drama that details the rise of the Texas Rangers and their role in the 19th century Texan war of independence with Mexico. History’s A+E Networks sister A+E Studios is coproducing Texas Rising (WT) with ITV Studios America-owned Thinkfactory Media, which was behind History’s first scripted series […]

History performs Houdini act

A+E Networks-owned History has greenlit another scripted period miniseries, this time calling on Oscar-winner Adrien Brody to play famous escapologist Harry Houdini. Production on the four-hour Houdini begins this fall, and will also star Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Houdini’s wife. The mini, which will trace the master magician’s roots in desperate poverty through […]

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 […]