Paul Buccieri


History to open Blue Book with Robert Zemeckis

US cable channel History has ordered a straight-to-series drama from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis. The Academy Award-winner is executive producer on Blue Book, which will run to ten episodes. History cousin A+E Networks will produce the series, which will chronicle top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFOs in the mid-20th century. It […]

Charles Ferguson explores Watergate for A+E’s History

A+E Network’s History channel has made a concerted drive into scripted series recently. But this week’s decision to greenlight a documentary series about disgraced US President Richard Nixon and the famous Watergate scandal shows that high-end factual series are still very much on the channel’s radar. Created by Academy Award-winner Charles Ferguson, the new series will […]

Bennett exiting History to create prodco

History chief Jana Bennett is to leave A+E Networks to create a London- and New York-based production company. A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc told staff Bennett had informed her of the plan to launch a new business earlier this spring. Former BBC Worldwide channels chief Bennett has been with History parent A+E for nearly four years, […]

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 […]

BBC Four plants Roots with A+E

UK pubcaster the BBC is among the latest to buy A+E Networks’ reworking of the Alex Haley novel of the same name. BBC Four will play the show, which launched at MIPCOM last year and was for History in the US, along with new buyers Numero 23 in France, DBS YES in Israel, Showmax pan-Africa […]

Buccieri takes Studios job at A+E

Paul Buccieri has been confirmed as the new head of A+E’s on house production arm following yesterday’s news that Bob DeBitetto was leaving the company. Buccieri’s new role hands him control of A+E Studios as well as the A+E networks group, reporting to company president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. “The growth of A+E Studios is […]

A&E gets show from Gyllenhaal prodco, Omen series

US network A&E has ordered a raft of new programming including an anthology series from Jake Gyllenhaal’s prodco, and a new horror-thriller based on The Omen feature films. Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories Productions and A+E Studios will make the as-yet-unnamed anthology series, which will look at different US cult personalities and their unusual beliefs. Gyllenhaal is […]

A&E gets show from Gyllenhaal prodco, Omen series

US network A&E has ordered a raft of new programming including an anthology series from Jake Gyllenhaal’s prodco, and a new horror-thriller based on The Omen feature films. Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories Productions and A+E Studios will make the as-yet-unnamed anthology series, which will look at different US cult personalities and their unusual beliefs. Gyllenhaal is […]

Discovery development VP joins A&E

Long-time Discovery Communications development exec Amy Savitsky is joining rival A&E Network. Savitsky (pictured) will be senior VP, development and programming at the A+E Networks-owned cable channel. This comes after Elaine Frontain Bryant was named executive VP and head of programming earlier this following the departure of David McKillop and promotion of Rob Sharenow to […]

Discovery development VP joins A&E

Long-time Discovery Communications development exec Amy Savitsky is joining rival A&E Network. Savitsky (pictured) will be senior VP, development and programming at the A+E Networks-owned cable channel. This comes after Elaine Frontain Bryant was named executive VP and head of programming earlier this following the departure of David McKillop and promotion of Rob Sharenow to […]

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