Lifetime


Lifetime orders Jenji Kohan drama

US cable channel Lifetime has given a straight-to-series greenlight to a new drama from Jenji Kohan. American Princess will be an A+E Studios series in association with IM Global Television. Jamie Denbo has created, written and executive produced the show. Orange is the New Black creator Kohan is also attached, as is Tara Herrmann. The […]

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 […]

Sky and A+E Networks extend European partnership

Sky has extended its long-term partnership with A+E Networks and will continue to distribute A+E’s channels across its European footprint. The deal applies to A+E Networks’ six brands in Europe – History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E, and Blaze. The latter launched in the UK in September and recently went live in Italy exclusively […]

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 […]

Project Runway Lat Am network change scheduled

Lifetime Latin America has become the pan-regional home of the Project Runway. The original US show and its spin-offs previously went in in the region on Turner-owned cable channel Glitz*, which also ran its own Latin American version of the format between 2010 and 2012. The agreement with FremantleMedia International hands  A+E Networks Latin America-owned […]

A+E locks in UnReal star

The studio arm of A+E has inked an overall deal with Shiri Appleby, the director and star of hit Lifetime series UnReal. The agreement will see Appleby and her Appletree Pictures prodco work with A+E Studios to work up new shows for the A+E and third-party nets. The company also said Appleby will be a […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

A+E poaches BBCWW exec for VOD post

A+E Networks UK has poached BBC Worldwide’s Riccardo Donato. Donato will take on a new role as director of distribution and digital partnerships at the UK arm of A+E Networks, which leads company operations in 90 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was previously head of VOD for BBCWW’s emerging markets arm […]

A+E promotes CFO to COO

US-based cablecaster A+E Networks has promoted CFO David ‘Digger’ Granville-Smith to COO. In the expanded post, which sees him keep his chief financial officer role, Granville-Smith will report to A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc. He currently oversees all financial functions for A+E networks such as A&E, Lifetime and History, and production wing A+E Studios, the latter […]