A+E Networks Invests in Range Media Partners as Part of Production Deal
A+E Networks is making a strategic investment in Range Media Partners as part of a wide-ranging deal that will include production and content partnerships. Under the terms of the deal, A+E Studios, led by Barry Jossen, will serve as co-producer on scripted TV projects set up at Range. The companies already have a number of […]
Sharon Scott to Lead A+E Networks Unscripted Division
A+E Networks has named Sharon Scott to lead its unscripted division. Scott will take on oversight of the company’s nonfiction content unit, which includes Category 6 Media and Six West Media. Steve Ascher, previously executive vp of Six West Media, has been upped to head of development for the entire division, reporting to Scott. “Sharon […]
Janet Jackson Says She Was Disinvited to Grammys, Told Justin Timberlake to Not Respond Amid Super Bowl Backlash
Janet Jackson directly addresses the aftermath and allegations around her Super Bowl Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake and the Grammys controversy during the second night of Lifetime’s two-part documentary Janet Jackson. While the first hour focuses more heavily on Janet’s response to the sexual abuse allegations her brother Michael Jackson faced, the second hour dedicates […]
‘Janet Jackson’ Doc Tackles Media Treatment of Michael Jackson, Career Break From Joe Jackson and “Secret” Baby Rumors
Janet Jackson is opening up about the scrutiny that comes with having her last name and the media treatment that resulted in a constant swirl of rumors across her decades-long career. Through new and archival interviews, photos and footage — including 10 years of never-before-seen home video captured by her ex-husband René Elizondo — Janet […]
Alyssa Milano Inks First-Look Deal at A+E Studios
Alyssa Milano is setting up shop at A+E Studios. The actress and activist has signed a first-look deal with the studio, where she’ll create and produce projects for all TV platforms, both in the United States and internationally. The deal also includes a pilot script Milano wrote for Things I’m Seeing Without You, an adaptation […]
Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Novels to Be Adapted for Television
A TV adaptation of the late Sue Grafton’s million-selling Kinsey Millhone mystery novels, a prospect the author once swore she would return from the dead to prevent, is now in the works. A+E Studios announced this week that it had acquired rights to Grafton’s alphabet series, with such titles as A Is for Alibi and […]
Ozy Media to Shut Down Amid Scrutiny
Ozy Media is shutting down. The digital media company, co-founded by former CNN contributor and MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson, said on Friday that it would close its doors for good following days of scrutiny in the wake of a New York Times exposé. Ozy Media’s board of directors announced the decision in a statement: “At […]
Nickolas Davatzes, A+E Networks Co-Founder and Cable TV Innovator, Dies at 79
Nickolas Davatzes, CEO Emeritus of A+E Networks, died Saturday at his home in Wilton, Connecticut, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 79. Davatzes co-founded A+E in 1983 and served as president and CEO of the network until 2005, when he was succeeded by Abbe Raven. Davatzes created and developed the channel in 1984 as […]
MIPTV: Global TV Industry Calls for Systemic Change on Diversity
Thanks to several top-down actions by major networks and streamers, on- and offscreen diversity is starting to become a reality, said industry executives attending the 2021 digital MIPTV market on international television.
‘The Great Gatsby’ TV Series in the Works (Exclusive)
The Great Gatsby is coming to television. A+E Studios and ITV Studios America are teaming with writer Michael Hirst for a big-budget TV series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel.
‘Live PD,’ ‘Cops’ Episodes Pulled at A&E, Paramount Network
A&E and Paramount Network have pulled episodes of unscripted shows 'Live PD' and 'Cops' from their schedules amid nationwide protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other incidents of police violence.
A+E Networks Shifts From Live to Virtual Upfronts as Coronavirus Precaution
A+E Networks is scrapping its live upfront presentation in favor of virtual presentations to advertisers as a precaution in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.