A+E ups Heather Jones

Channel operator A+E Networks UK has promoted Heather Jones to general manager. In her new role she will oversee the UK portfolio of channels, which includes History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and H2. Jones is being upped from vice president, programming, the tile she took when she joined A+E in mid-2013. The new role is […]

Lifetime orders Bible special from Mark Burnett

Lifetime has ordered The Women of the Bible, a two-hour special that will go out in December. Lifetime is part of the A+E stable of channels that also includes History, which had enormous success with drama miniseries The Bible. Its sister net is hoping to snag big ratings with the new show, which like The […]

Shaw Media appoints new president

Shaw Media has appointed Barbara Williams as its president following the passing of Paul Robertson earlier this month. Williams has also been named executive VP, broadcasting by Shaw Communications, the parent company of Canadian networks group Shaw Media. She was previously senior VP, content at Shaw Media, a role that saw her responsible for creating […]

Lifetime orders The Omen TV series

Lifetime has given a straight to series order to Damien, a six-part thriller based on classic horror film The Omen. The series will be made by Fox Television Studios, the TV production arm of Fox, the studio behind the original 1976 feature. The TV show will follow an adult life of Damien Thorn, the antichrist. […]

A+E to launch channels on TalkTalk

A+E Networks UK is set to launch its full channel portfolio on TalkTalk’s TV service, after striking a deal with the UK operator. A+E’s History, Crime + Investigation, Lifetime and H2 channel brands will be available through TalkTalk’s IPTV service from August 28. American Pickers (pictured) network History and Crime + Investigation will be available […]

Disney, Animal Planet services join Amazon Fire TV

Connected set-top box Amazon Fire TV has added services from the likes of Disney and Animal Planet. WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Jr., Animal Planet L!ve, MLB.TV and WWE Network apps have all been added to the platform, with the deals more than doubling its size. WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, NFL Now, A&E, Lifetime, […]

Maggini named joins Lifetime movie unit

A+E Networks has named Tia Maggini as VP, original movies at cable channel Lifetime. Based out of Los Angeles, she will report to Tanya Lopez, Lifetime’s senior VP, original movies. Maggini was most recently VP, television at Josephson Entertainment, where she was responsible for developing shows such as AMC’s Turn. She also had stints at […]

Sony’s Embassy Row making de Cadanet talkshow for Lifetime

Sony-owned US prodco Embassy Row is producing Undone with @AmandadeCadenet, a new live talkshow for Lifetime. The new half-hour show will debut on the A+E-owned female-skewing cable net on July 24 in a 10.30pm slot. It will look at pop culture topics, with celebrity guests discussing the events of the week. A former UK socialite […]

The factual landscape: ducks, docs and digital

The business of selling factual programming is changing – with free-to-air slots for classic factual shows hard to come by, distributors are looking to other categories of non-fiction, as well as to digital, big-screen and even virtual reality platforms, writes Stewart Clarke. For the largest factual distributors the business has got more complex and, increasingly, […]

Lifetime orders Dance Moms spin-off from Collins Avenue

Lifetime has ordered Raising Asia, a reality series about child prodigy Asia Monet Ray, who has previously appeared in the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms. The new show will be made by Dance Moms producer Collins Avenue, the LA-based firm that is part of the Content Media group. Lifetime’s owner A+E will handle finished and […]

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