A&E Network To Expand Into Africa & Europe

AEA&E will launch in German-speaking Europe, Iberia and Africa in the fall, announced Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, EMEA, A+E Networks.  The channel will premiere to 10 million households across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa, following a rebrand from BIO.

A&E is home to original content that inspires and challenges audiences to Be Original.  The channel offers a diverse mix of high-quality, uniquely immersive entertainment with signature nonfiction franchises including Wahlburgers, Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, Barry’d Treasure, Bad Ink and Big Smo.  A&E will also feature locally-commissioned productions and local acquisitions.

“These A&E launches will significantly strengthen our channel portfolio across German-speaking Europe, Iberia and Africa,” said Possenniskie.  “In the US, A&E is recognized as a leading creator of quality content that features one-of-a-kind characters and fresh, innovative storytelling.  We are very pleased to bring this acclaimed programming to a wider audience in EMEA.”

The launch marks the debut of A&E in Africa, and follows the brand’s European debut in France in November 2013.  The rebrand of BIO to A&E in German-speaking Europe is scheduled for late September, while Iberia and Africa will rebrand in early October.

A&E first launched in the US in February 1984, and is a top 10 pay-TV channel with A25-54.  Worldwide, A&E is currently available in over 75 countries.

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Bates Motel To Wrap Up With Season Two With A Killer Finale On May 5th!

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(A&E) –A&E Network premieres the season finale of the hit original series “Bates Motel” on Monday, May 5th at 10pm ET/PT immediately followed by the finale edition of “Bates Motel: After Hours,” at 11pm ET/PT hosted by Dave Holmes.

Season two of “Bates Motel” further explores Norman’s unraveling psyche and digs deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. New family members and seedy residents of the White Pine Bay including notable guest stars checked in throughout the season. In the season two finale premiering on May 5th at 10pm ET/PT, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is haunted by a tragic event in his past and Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to save him from making a horrible mistake. Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Dylan (Max Thieriot) find a way to bring closure to the drug war and Emma (Olivia Cooke) makes a decision about her future at Bates Motel.

Fans get first-hand look into the explosive season finale during “Bates Motel: After Hours”, a live half-hour special event on May 5th at 11pm ET/PT. Stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett), Nestor Carbonell (Alex Romero), Olivia Cooke (Emma Decody) and executive producer Carlton Cuse will answer fan questions, share behind-the-scenes analysis and give insight into season two and what may be to come in season three. “Bates Motel: After Hours” will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience in New York.

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A&E Network Greenlights New Drama Series “The Returned”

Cuse1(A&E) A&E Network has given the greenlight to ten episodes of the new original scripted drama series “The Returned,” a co-production of A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America. Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel”) wrote the first episode, and he and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”) will write and executive produce the series.  Casting will begin immediately. The announcement was made today by David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E Network.

“The Returned” is based on the popular and International Emmy®-award winning French suspense series adapted by Fabrice Gobert and inspired by the feature film, Les Revenants, directed by Robin Campillo. “The Returned” focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

“’The Returned’ has the potential to be one of the most compelling drama series on cable, thanks to phenomenal scripts written by Carlton and Raelle,” said McKillop. “We look forward to seeing their vision brought to life on screen.”

 

 

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