Paul Buccieri Promoted to Lead A+E Studios, Networks Portfolio Group
He'll now oversee all business aspects of A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN.
Less than two years after making the jump from ITV to A+E Networks, Paul Buccieri is expanding his role at the company. The executive in charge of A&E and History has been promoted to president of both the A+E Networks portfolio and A+E Studios.
The move coincides with the departure of longtime A+E Networks vet Robert DeBitetto, who opted not to renew his contract as the head of the studio.
“The growth of A+E Studios is a major priority for us as content ownership and capabilities are vital for our future growth,” A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc, to whom Buccieri will continue to report, said Tuesday in a statement. “With his wealth of experience successfully running ITV and the extraordinary business acumen he has displayed during his tenure at A+E, I am confident Paul will lead the team to new heights and drive strong results.”
The new role sees Buccieri responsible for both the growing in-house studio, behind such projects as Lifetime's UnReal and History's Roots miniseries, and all business aspects of the company's brand portfolio. That includes networks A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN.
Buccieri departed his role as chairman of ITV Studios U.S. Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment in 2014, assuming the role of president at A&E and History.
“Nancy has laid out an ambitious vision and growth plan for A+E Studios and I am grateful to her for trusting me to execute it,” said Buccieri. "I look forward to following in Bob’s esteemed footsteps and partnering with Barry Jossen and the entire Studios’ team on building upon the extraordinary work they have already done.”
Buccieri, who also held top jobs at Fox Twentieth Television and Endemol prior to his time at ITV, now oversees business for one of the most sprawling portfolios in cable. The studio also is a top priority, as A+E Networks (like most traditional television companies) strive to own more and more of their content.