Hearst and The Walt Disney Company have installed Paul Buccieri as president of A+E Networks Group.
Buccieri will take over the reins for A+E, a Hearst-Disney joint venture that cumulatively reaches 335 million people worldwide and more than 500 million digital users. Its channel portfolio includes the A&E flagship network, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, VICELAND, A+E Studios, History en Español, Crime + Investigation Network, Military History, Lifetime Real Women, A&E IndieFilms and A+E Networks International.
The exec formerly served as president, A+E Studios, a company formed in 2014 which has 100+ hours of original owned content and A+E Networks Portfolio Group – a role he has been in since 2016. During his tenure, he bolstered the strength of the A+E Networks Portfolio Group, entrenching both A&E and History as top ten networks, and charted a new strategic course for Lifetime.
“Paul’s successful track record running A+E Studios and overseeing programming at the portfolio of brands, combined with his experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, will further propel A+E Networks’ momentum,” said Steven Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst, and Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney|ABC Television. “He’s a proven leader, strong collaborator and skilled programmer with an eye for identifying trends in the very competitive content marketplace.”
A+E acting chairman Abbe Raven will meanwhile remain in her role at least through year-end to help with the transition.
Buccieri added, “I want to sincerely thank our board members at Disney and Hearst for offering me this exceptional opportunity to lead A+E Networks during this transformative time in media. I could not be prouder of A+E's powerful brands, strong partnerships and, most importantly, the talented people I get to work with every day. We look forward to expanding on our solid foundation of creativity.”
Buccieri joined A+E Networks in 2015 as president, A&E and HISTORY, overseeing all content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for A&E and HISTORY, and their affiliated brands.
Previously, Buccieri served as chairman, ITV Studios US Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the U.K. media company ITV, where he was responsible for building one of the largest independent content producers in the United States. He also led ITV’s international television distribution and consumer products business. Prior to joining ITV, Buccieri was president of programming, production and development at Fox Twentieth Television.