A+E to rebrand H2 as Vice

Having ploughed US$250 million into Vice Media last year, A+E Networks is now retooling one of its own cable channels under the Vice brand. US reports claim H2 will be rebranded as Vice, which marks the first time Vice has had a linear broadcast channel. Vice has been seeking to launch a cable channel to […]

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 […]

A+E ups Heather Jones

Channel operator A+E Networks UK has promoted Heather Jones to general manager. In her new role she will oversee the UK portfolio of channels, which includes History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and H2. Jones is being upped from vice president, programming, the tile she took when she joined A+E in mid-2013. The new role is […]

Shaw Media appoints new president

Shaw Media has appointed Barbara Williams as its president following the passing of Paul Robertson earlier this month. Williams has also been named executive VP, broadcasting by Shaw Communications, the parent company of Canadian networks group Shaw Media. She was previously senior VP, content at Shaw Media, a role that saw her responsible for creating […]

A+E to launch channels on TalkTalk

A+E Networks UK is set to launch its full channel portfolio on TalkTalk’s TV service, after striking a deal with the UK operator. A+E’s History, Crime + Investigation, Lifetime and H2 channel brands will be available through TalkTalk’s IPTV service from August 28. American Pickers (pictured) network History and Crime + Investigation will be available […]

Schechter launches New York prodco

Paranormal State producer Betsy Schechter has launched her own production company with a slate of projects for US cable channels. Schechter (left) – who was previously co-president of Picture Shack Entertainment (Abandoned, Staten Island Law) and is a 20-year production veteran – is president of Storyville Entertainment. She has hired National Geographic Television’s Caroline Christopher […]

UK streaming service brings MTV, History to Freeview

A new subscription streaming service is bringing channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and History to Freeview viewers in the UK. VuTV is launching today on the Freeview EPG on channel 238 at a cost of £6.99 (US$11.40) per month on Freeview HD web-connected TVs and set top boxes. Channels included on the service are […]

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 […]

A+E UK names ex-North One boss as programming chief

A+E Networks UK has named Heather Jones as VP of programming. Jones, who will take up the post later this month, will be responsible for A+E Networks UK’s programming strategy across the company’s channels – History, Crime & Investigation Network, H2, Bio and Lifetime – in the UK, central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, […]

Lifetime confirms UK launch, expected to replace Bio

US cable network Lifetime has confirmed it will launch in the UK this autumn. The female-skewing channel is operated by A+E, which back in April told TBI it would roll out the channel in the UK this year. It officially announced the launch this morning. A spokesman declined to comment, but TBI understands that it […]