Jana Bennett


Ex-MTV exec joins A+E as Sharenow rises

Former MTV development chief Eli Lehrer has joined A+E Networks, as A&E channel chief Rob Sharenow rises to a programming president position. Lehrer will return to A+E as executive VP of programming at History, with Sharenow overseeing the US cable network as president of programming of the wider group. Sharenow is now control of all […]

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, […]

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 […]

History unearths 9/11 flag, plans special

US cable net History has helped recover an iconic missing flag that was seen as a symbol of hope in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. The A+E cable channel first told the story of the flag in a 2014 episode of its Brad Meltzer’s Lost History series. After the transmission of that […]

Bennett upped, Hoogstra exits History

Dirk Hoogstra’s time with History is over, with Jana Bennett taking over the general manager post at the US cable channel. Hoogstra is credited with some of History’s biggest recent hits including scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, but the channel has suffered significant dips over the past two years. Hoogstra becomes the latest high-ranking executive to […]

A+E poaches BBC Worldwide’s Hill

A+E Networks has poached BBC Worldwide’s Amanda Hill to become its chief creative officer, international. She will be responsible for overseeing A+E’s programming, marketing and communications teams across its global portfolio, which includes the A&E channel, History and FYI. Included in this is oversight of all content, including programming development and coproductions. Hill will also […]

Cable net FYI to be Married at First Sight for the second time

US cable channel FYI has ordered a second season of Married at First Sight, the entertainment show made by Red Arrow’s US prodco Kinetic Content. FYI, previously the Bio channel and part of A+E stable, greenlit season two with season one still running. The show is billed as an extreme social experiment following six individuals […]

A+E hires two for LMN and FYI

A+E Networks has hired programming executives for its FYI and LMN channels. FYI launches this summer and Thomas Moody (pictured) has been appointed senior VP, programming, planning & acquisitions at FYI, the lifestyle channel A+E is launching later this year. He will also have responsibility for the Lifetime spin-off channel LMN. Moody has been at […]

A+E’s Bio to rebrand as FYI

Jana Bennett is to preside over a rebranded Bio channel, which will switch to more lifestyle-focused content that reflects “how people actually live their lives”. The move has been touted for some time and came a step closer after A+E Networks’ CEO Nancy Dubuc drafted in former BBC Worldwide content boss Bennett to oversee its […]

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 […]