The parent company of cable networks like A&e, History Channel and Lifetime, a privately held joint venture between Hearst Corp. and Disney, announced a raft of more than 2,500 hours of new programming. The company also plans to air 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies.
Along with the new series and movies, A+E has also implemented a new sales focus on total-audience metrics. The company signaled the plan last month to shift away from the age and gender Nielsen demographics relied on for decades by buyers and sellers.
A+E Networks® Group President Paul Buccieri announced the programming slate with ad sales president Peter Olsen, delivering the industry’s first TV upfront pitch of 2021.
“Our brands have clear identities with a strong foundation of hit series. Across our entire portfolio and in a variety of genres,