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History exec returns to Discovery fold for development role

History exec Sean Boyle is to return to Discovery as senior VP of development. The former VP of development at Discovery is returning to the fold after three years at History, where he served as VP of development and production. Based in Los Angeles, the exec is to oversee the network’s strategic planning, content direction […]

MIPCOM Hot Picks: Project Blue Book

Distributor: A+E Networks Int’l Producer: A+E Studios Production in association with Compari Entertainment Broadcaster: History Concept: The true story of a US astrophysicist who investigated UFOs for 20 years On the back of the sustained success of Vikings, History has been aggressively edging into the scripted arena, looking to create what Eli Lehrer, executive VP […]

A+E to launch scripted title Project Blue Book globally

A+E Networks is set to launch its latest scripted series Project Blue Book at MIPCOM with the drama’s cast and showrunner to appear in Cannes. Executive produced by Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis, the series is set for a US premiere this winter on History. Project Blue Book showrunner, executive producer and writer Sean Jablonski will […]

History to premiere Watergate doc this autumn

History is set to premiere its original documentary Watergate, from Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson, on television this November. The title will have its theatrical release on October 12 and broadcast release on November 2-4. The special six-hour, three-night event series chronicles one of the biggest criminal conspiracies in modern politics and features a roster […]

A+E launches first int’l digital studio in Singapore

A+E Networks has begun rolling out digital studios outside of the US, under the A+E Digital International initiative, with its first launch in Singapore. The prodco’s full-service, integrated creative and content creation units will specialise in producing original short- and mid-form digital content themed around network brands and those of its partners. In Asia, these […]

A+E strikes wide-ranging programming deal with Verizon

A+E Networks has scored a programming output deal with US telco and digital business Verizon. This will see shows such as Knightfall, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Live PD playing on various Verizon platforms, which include Yahoo and AOL (now known collectively as Oath). Verizon Fios customers will be able to access content […]

History to investigate Grenfell Tower tragedy

History in the UK will investigate tragic events that changed Britain such as the Grenfell Tower fire in a new six-part series. James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain will debut on the A+E Networks pay TV in early 2018, with the eponymous Nesbitt (Cold Feet, Lucky Man) presenting. Each self-contained episode will deal with a […]

Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

Silverlining hires ex-History UK exec as acquisitions head

UK factual company Silverlining has appointed Rachel Job, former director of programming for A+E Networks’ History and H2 channels, to the newly created role of director of acquisitions. Effective immediately, Job’s responsibilities will be based in London where she will source content for Silverlining’s distribution business and work alongside founder Bethan Corney to broker coproduction […]

History greenlights Bill Clinton scripted drama

A+E’s History has ordered a six-episode scripted drama series titled The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, the first of an annual presidential miniseries strand first announced in March. Based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, the series will be executive produced […]

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