Duck Dynasty


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 […]

ITV takes slice of US market with Cake Boss acquisition

UK broadcast giant ITV is acquiring a majority stake in the producer of US cable series Cake Boss, High Noon Entertainment. ITV has paid US$26.7 million upfront for a 60% stake in the company, with a top-up payment due in 2015 dependent on company performance. Furthermore, ITV has a put and call option that allows […]

A+E slams US broadcasters at Upfront

A+E Networks execs have told advertisers that choosing to spend their dollars on US broadcast networks is tantamount to paying a programming “failure tax”. A+E has had an extremely successful year with the success with scripted series The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys on History and unscripted hit Duck Dynasty on A&E – the latter […]

Viewpoint: Patty Geneste

Patty Geneste, chairman, FRAPA and CEO Absolutely Independent and Gertjan van Valen, marketing & sales director, Absolutely Independent, indulge in some formats trend-spotting. It is a good time to reflect on some of the trends we have seen in the format world over the last year. Personality driven reality shows, with the likes of Jersey […]

Broadcasters flock to A+E’s Duck Dynasty

Broadcasters in Europe, Asia and North America have acquired A+E Networks’ series Duck Dynasty. The Gurney Productions-produced show has been licensed to TV3 in Denmark, TV5 in Finland, Pro4 in Hungary, Veronica in the Netherlands, Kanal 9 in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, Mediacorp in Singapore, OLN in Canada, and Ztélé in French-speaking Canada. Duck Dynasty […]

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 […]