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Roots, Damien topline A+E slate

A reworking of classic ABC 1970s series Roots and an Omen TV spin-off are the highlights of A+E Networks’ new slate, unveiled in New York yesterday. The new Roots will run across A+E’s A&E, History and Lifetime channels, it said at its Upfront presentation to advertisers. A+E Networks and The Wolper Organization – the company that […]

Lifetime making Full House TV movie

Days after the news that Netflix is rebooting Full House, it has emerged that cable net Lifetime is making a TV movie about the classic US comedy series. Lifetime has form in the TV-series-based TV movie, having made Unauthorized Saved By the Bell, a one-off based on the eponymous comedy series. The Hollywood reporter broke […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

Gateley to run Lifetime programming

Liz Gateley has rejoined US cable channel Lifetime to run its programming unit. The former MTV exec has been named executive VP and head of programming at the female-skewed A+E Networks channel. Lifetime has been without a dedicated programming chief since JoAnn Alfano left four years ago, but new Lifetime executive VP and general manager […]

Buyers Briefing: Christian Drobnyk, Lifetime

Name: Christian Drobnyk Title: Senior VP, programming, strategy and acquisitions, Lifetime, A+E Networks Christian Drobnyk commissions and acquires programming for A+E Networks’ flagship female-skewed station, Lifetime. The channel has built up a reputation for its unscripted series, dramas and original movies, and has been rolling out internationally since it debuted in Canada in May 2012. […]

TF1, Antena 3 buy Unreal US drama

French commercial free-to-air broadcaster TF1 and its Spanish equivalent Antena 3 have both acquired Unreal, one of the first scripted series out of A+E’s new fledgling drama studio. Based on Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s independent short film Sequin Raz, the series was made by A+E Studios for A+E female-skewed net Lifetime. The drama takes place on the […]

McKillop exits A&E as Sharenow takes over

David McKillop has passed control of US cable channel A&E to Lifetime general manager Rob Sharenow, and will leave A+E Networks to become a producer. McKillop (left) has been running A&E as executive VP and GM, and is credited with bringing ratings smash Duck Dynasty through and other series such as Storage Wars. However, the […]

A+E opens South Africa base

A+E Networks is launching an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The US-based channel operator has appointed Anthea Petersen to become regional director, Africa, a move that represents A+E’s first ever hire on the continent. Starting this month, she will be responsible for A+E’s commercial development and marketing across its African channels portfolio. She will oversee […]

Lifetime deal for Julia Stiles’ Blue

A+E Networks UK has acquired digital-to-TV drama series Blue for its Lifetime channels in the UK and Africa. Blue follows Julia Stiles (The Bourne Identity) as an accountant who is forced to work as an escort to make ends meet. The series started out as a short-form project on female-skewed digital platform Wigs, which produced […]

A+E preps FYI international launches

A+E Networks will launch its FYI channel into new international territories and will also look at taking greater control of some of its joint venture channels operations this year. A+E rebranded its US Bio channel in the US as lifestyle service FYI and the new brand launched last year. It is also carried in Canada […]

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