MIPCOM 2014: A+E unveils new division to finance, distribute scripted content
| 10 October 2014
Taking advantage of the prestigious TV show, A+E Networks has revealed at MIPCOM that it is to set up a new division under which it will distribute and finance quality scripted series, TV events and films.
Under the A+E Studios International banner, the new company will immediately introduce a line-up of nearly 40 hours of scripted projects.
Headlining the slate are the six-hour TV event Sons Of Liberty and the ten-hour series Un-Real. The line-up also features four original TV movies, Big Driver from a story by Stephen King; Whitney, which chronicles the headline-making relationship between iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown; and If There Be Thorns and Seeds Of Yesterday, the final two installments of the V.C. Andrews book series that started with the acclaimed film, Flowers In The Attic.
"Last year, A+E Networks announced the formation of A+E Studios to allow our company to take greater control of the scripted content commissioned for our domestic channels, HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime. The announcement generated tremendous interest from the media and clients," commented A+E Networks executive vice president, international Sean Cohan. "The industry knows us as a source for high-end factual programming: now that we have ownership over these premium dramas, TV events and movies, it made sense to package and market our scripted content under a new umbrella brand."