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 […]

The Walking Dead trumps The Bible; both beat the networks

The Walking Dead and The Bible were the most-watched shows on US TV on Sunday with the cable ratings juggernauts beating all of the broadcast networks in their timeslots. Both the zombie series and the biblical story recorded stellar numbers, as did Vikings, which was the third most-watched show on cable. The Walking Dead won […]

The Bible and Vikings deliver epic ratings for History

US cable network History said its Mark Burnett-produced series The Bible delivered 14.8 million viewers through launch night and 13.1 million in its 8-10pm Sunday night slot. Another big ticket launch, scripted series Vikings, registered 6.2 million viewers straight after The Bible, giving History a huge ratings night. The Bible’s 14.8 million viewers over the […]

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 […]

ITV Studios poaches Shaftel from Pawn Stars producer Leftfield

ITV Studios America has recruited Rob Shaftel as senior VP, development. He joins from Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) and will develop show for cable and broadcast nets from ITV’s New York offices. Shaftel will report to Bruce Robertson, head of development for ITV Studios America. He said: “His expertise will help ITV Studios America continue […]

Nancy Dubuc to run all A+E Networks channels, programming

A+E Networks has promoted Nancy Dubuc to president of entertainment and media in a move that will see her oversee all of the company’s cable networks and its entire programming slate. The move will now see A&E Networks president Bob DeBitetto and executive vice presidents Dan Suratt and Steve Ronson reporting to Dubuc. Dubuc’s rise […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

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