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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 […]

A+E poaches Viacom programming exec

A+E Networks has brought over veteran programming executive Katie Buchanan from Viacom’s US cable channel CMT. Buchanan (pictured) has been named senior VP programming strategy and scheduling for the Lifetime and LMN cable networks. She will report to Lifetime’s SVP, strategy, scheduling and acquisitions, Christian Drobnyk, who said: “Katie brings a breadth of experience and […]

A+E poaches finance chief from Scripps

A+E Networks UK, which runs the channel operator’s European operations, has recruited Mark Neil as its head of finance, bringing him over from Scripps Networks Interactive. Neil will start in his new role in January, leading the finance team and will replace Jan Volschenk, who will leave at the end of the year. At Scripps […]

H2 channel launches on Get in Norway

Norwegian cable and IPTV provider Get will now carry factual channel H2 after extending its distribution deal with A+E Networks UK. H2 will be available free-of-charge to all Get’s customers on channel number 53 until the end of September. After that, it will be offered as an optional channel in Get’s Start and Family package, […]

Lifetime lays off Devious Maids

US network Lifetime has cancelled female-skewed comedy-drama Devious Maids after four seasons. The A+E Network-owned channel has chosen not to order a fourth season, and the Marc Cherry show’s Twitter feed subsequently confirmed the news. Lifetime had picked up the show in 2012 after broadcast network ABC rejected it. ABC sister ABC Studios produces the […]

Lifetime poaches CW scripted exec

US network Lifetime has poached Joanna Klein from broadcast rival The CW to become its senior VP, scripted development. Lifetime has been searching for someone to fill the post since SVP, scripted programming and development Nina Lederman exited for All3Media America in February. Klein is a former Regency Television and Lionsgate programming exec who has […]

Lifetime making Britney Spears biopic

US cable network Lifetime is to dramatise the life of singer Britney Spears in a telemovie set for next year. The two-our biopic, Britney, will follow Spears from her young years in Louisiana, her music career and series of highly-publicised relationships, subsequent troubles that saw her children placed in custody, and her successful battle to […]

UKTV buys Red Tent for Drama

UKTV has acquired Sony Pictures Television miniseries The Red Tent for its thematic Drama network. The 4x40mins mini stars Minnie Driver (About a Boy), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), and is set in Old Testament times and based on a story in the Book of Genesis. The story follows […]

A+E launching new free UK channel brand

A+E Networks UK is to launch a free-to-air channel later this year. The channel name and content line-up have not been revealed, but will be in the summer, the broadcaster said in a press release. This will be A+E’s second EMEA FTA channel launch this year, coming after the debut of Lifetime in Turkey in […]