A+E poaches Universal Channels exec for new distribution role

A+E Networks UK has hired Katarzyna Jablonska as its director of distribution. Jablonska joins from Universal Global Networks where, as commercial director, she worked on channel launches. In the newly-created role at channel operator A+E, she will work on developing the company’s portfolio across its across the UK, Central Eastern Europe, South Africa, Benelux and […]

Lifetime, H2 set for Southeast Asia launch

A+E Networks-owned channels Lifetime and H2 will launch across Southeast Asia on June 14. A+E’s local subsidiary AETN All Asia Networks announced the nets would launch on StarHub TV in Malaysia, True Visions in Singapore, PCCW-owned now TV in Hong Kong and Macau Cable TV in Macau. More carriage deals are set to follow. Female-skewing […]

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 […]

History UK to unveil Polish war heroes

The UK’s History Channel has commissioned Sky Vision to produce a 5x60mins doc series about unsung World War II heroes. Heroes of War will focus on events in Poland during the conflict and uncover tales of heroism through reconstructions, archive footage and newly released documents. It will broadcast on History’s sister net H2 in the […]

A+E names UK digital director

A+E Networks UK has appointed its first director of digital to bring its content to multiple devices. Caroline Casey joins the A+E and BSkyB joint venture channel provider to create an integrated digital media strategy for its channels History, H2, Crime & Investigation and Bio. She will oversee content and product development across 34 websites, […]

H2 set for UK launch

A+E Networks is due to launch its H2 network, a complimentary brand to its History channel, in the UK on May 4. The network, which launched in the US in September 2011 and is available there in almost 70 million homes, will go live on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms in the UK – […]

A+E preps Lifetime and H2 launch in Asia and ups trio of execs

AETN All Asia Networks is about to launch the Lifetime and H2 channels in Asia. The company has upped a trio of its senior managers ahead of the roll outs. AETN All Asia Networks is a channels joint venture between A+E Networks and Malaysian pay TV operator Astro and operates the History, Bio and and […]

A+E ups Dirk Hoogstra

A+E Networks has promoted Dirk Hoogstra to executive VP, development and programming, for its History and H2 channels. Hoogstra is one of the programming executives responsible for History’s smash-hit cable series Hatfields & McCoys and has been given a wider role following its success. Hoogstra has been senior VP since 2010 under A+E’s president of […]

A+E plans international launch of History sister channel H2

A+E Networks is preparing to launch its H2 channel in international markets for the first time. The network is the sister offering to History and is currently only distributed in the North America. Buoyed by results there, the A+E Networks will now launch it outside of its domestic territory. The first launch announcements will come […]