A&E Network to launch in Australia on Foxtel

Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 05-01-2012

A&E Network, a flagship channel of global media content company A+E Networks, will launch in Australia on Foxtel on 16 February.
The factual entertainment channel will carry original, unscripted entertainment series. Foxtel also operates History, Crime & Investigation Network and Bio, also from A+E Networks.
Sean Cohan, senior VP, International at A+E Networks, said: "We are thrilled to be teaming up with our long time partner Foxtel to bring the A&E brand to Australia. A&E is a leading television brand in the US, Canada and Latin America, with proven content that performs well worldwide. I am confident the channel will meet with great success in Australia.”
Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, added: “A&E will be the one-stop destination for heart-stopping unscripted, authentic and real entertainment series combined to create an intense, immediate and inspiring environment that is relevant to its audience. This channel further strengthens our relationship with A+E Networks. We are delighted to welcome A&E to the Foxtel platform.”
The schedule for A&E in Australia is comprised of original and exclusive programming from A+E Networks. It will feature Australian premiere seasons of record breaking series franchises including Storage Wars, Storage Wars Texas, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Billy the Exterminator, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers.
A&E Australia will also offer homegrown content, and has commissioned Cordell Jigsaw, creator of Bondi Rescue, to produce the one-hour special MegaTruckers. This will be part of the channel’s launch schedule and will then be developed as a series to premiere later in 2012.