History


TVF secures swathe of deals in Australia and New Zealand

London-based factual distributor TVF International has sold a slate of shows to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. Inside Windsor Castle, co-commissioned by Channel 5 and Smithsonian, has been picked up by Foxtel, SBS (both Australia) and Sky Prime (NZ) while Foxtel also snapped up CBC crime doc Looking for Mike (44 minutes) and Channel […]

History staffs up for Dutch launch

A+E Networks UK has hired new programming and marketing staff ahead of the launch of History channel in the Netherlands. Marit Huiskamp and Eva Schouwenaar have joined A+E’s Amsterdam-based Benelux office as programme scheduler and marketing manager respectively. Huiskamp will join later this summer from RTL, where she has spent the past several years working […]

Bennett exiting History to create prodco

History chief Jana Bennett is to leave A+E Networks to create a London- and New York-based production company. A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc told staff Bennett had informed her of the plan to launch a new business earlier this spring. Former BBC Worldwide channels chief Bennett has been with History parent A+E for nearly four years, […]

Lifetime to tell Berlanti’s ‘twisted love story’

US cable channel Lifetime is going straight-to-series on “the most twisted love story ever”, which hails from Supergirl producer Greg Berlanti (pictured) and Sera Gamble. You will be a ten-episode drama centred on “a relationship between two people that gets taken too far”. It is based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel of the same name about […]

Viaplay orders first Icelandic original

Scandinavian SVOD player Viaplay’s latest original is an Icelandic drama. The commission of Stella Blómkvist is the first time MTG-owned Viaplay has looked to Iceland for an original show. Icelandic TV provider Siminn has local rights, as Viaplay is not distributed in the territory. The series is based on a bestselling book series from a […]

History lines up annual presidents anthology

US cable channel History is preparing an annual anthology drama event focused on American presidents. The A+E Networks-owned station has optioned several best-selling novels on US presidents as source material for The Commanders, which will come from stablemare A+E Studios. The anthology will dramatise pivotal moments in the presidencies of several US leaders, with Bill […]

Top Gear America returning on US cable

Just under a year after History ended its US version of Top Gear, BBC America is bringing the format back. Top Gear America will premiere on AMC Networks-operated BBC America later this year, beginning a new eight-part series. History had run its version (pictured) between 2010 and 2016, but this stopped after six seasons amid […]

History doubles down on docs

US cable network History has commissioned more than 100 hours of documentary series and specials, as part of an “increased focus” on the genre. History president and general manager Jana Bennett (pictured) has greenlit programming focused on topics such as drugs, the emigration of various peoples to the US, and iconic American cars. America’s War […]

A+E sends C+I titles to Hulu Japan

A+E Networks and Hulu Japan are expanding their existing relationship through a deal that will see the Crime + Investigation brand debuting in the territory. The pair already has a content agreement for A+E’s History network programming, and this new deal sees Hulu adding titles including The First 48, 60 Days In (pictured) and My Ghost […]

A+E names international programming chief

A+E Networks has upped Laura Fleury to head of international programming, giving her a remit across channels including History, FYI, Crime + Investigation and free-to-air net Blaze. She will oversee global programming, covering A+E’s originals for the international market, coproduction and acquisitions. Fleury will also coordinate the international networks collaboration with their US counterparts and […]