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A+E Networks’ Rob Sharenow Feted by Uja-Federation of New York

A+E Networks’ Rob Sharenow Feted by Uja-Federation of New York
William Shatner hasn’t had a show on A+E Networks’ air in nearly seven years. But the friendship Shatner struck doing the Bio Channel interview series “Shatner’s Raw Nerve” with A+E Networks’ executive Rob Sharenow has endured over many duck entrees at Genghis Cohen restaurant in Los Angeles.

Of all the nice things said about Sharenow from the stage of the Edison Theatre Thursday night as he was feted by the Uja-Federation of New York, the reveal of his bond with the prototypical “Star Trek” captain may have been the most surprising.

“Rob Sharenow is first among equals
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Paul Greenberg Exits as Fyi Chief; Gena McCarthy to Take Over

Paul Greenberg is stepping down from his role as head of A+E Networks cabler Fyi.

Greenberg had spent two years serving as executive vp and Gm of Fyi and as head of A+E Networks' 45th and Dean, its in-house digital content studio. He will now launch his own digital video consulting firm called Butter Works.

Gena McCarthy, Fyi executive vp programming and development, has been elevated to take over for Greenberg. The exec, who has been with Fyi since 2013, will report to A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group president Paul Buccieri and A+E Networks programming president Rob Sharenow....
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Fyi Chief Paul Greenberg Exits A+E Networks to Launch Consulting Firm (Exclusive)

Fyi Chief Paul Greenberg Exits A+E Networks to Launch Consulting Firm (Exclusive)
Paul Greenberg is leaving his post as head of A+E Networks’ cabler Fyi to launch a digital video consulting firm, Butter Works.

Greenberg has spent the past two years as exec VP and general manager of Fyi and as head of 45th & Dean, A+E Networks’ in-house digital content studio.

Gena McCarthy, Fyi’s exec VP of programming and development, will take the reins of the cabler, reporting to Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group, and Rob Sharenow, president of programming for A+E Networks. Sean Cohan, A+E Networks president of international and digital media, will continue to oversee the operations of 45th & Dean.

Greenberg, formerly CEO of digital content ventures College Humor and Nylon, expressed his gratitude to A+E Networks’ CEO Nancy Dubuc and Cohan for “giving me the tools and backing to build something as exciting and groundbreaking as 45th & Dean.” He described
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A&E, Sundance Institute Partner on Documentary Film Grants (Exclusive)

The Sundance Institute and A&E are partnering on a new series of grants that will help documentary filmmakers develop their projects. Dubbed the “Brave Storytellers Award,” the program will give four directors $25,000 in seed funding, as well as mentorship from the staff of the Institute. The idea is to help them shape their documentaries at the earliest stages of their production.

“We want to develop the bench of documentary filmmakers,” said Molly Thompson, the founder and head of A&E IndieFilms. “These are basically fire-starter grants. They let people come in with an idea, and gives them a chance to shoot for a few days and see if they have enough to make a film.”

A&E IndieFilms is the feature documentary division of A&E Network. The channel has been very active in the space in recent years, fielding such acclaimed films as “City of Ghosts,” “Cartel Land,” “The Imposter,” and “Life Animated.” This year the
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Syria doc 'City Of Ghosts' sells to Australia, France, Japan

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Syria doc 'City Of Ghosts' sells to Australia, France, Japan
Dogwoof inks further deals on Sundance premiere.

UK sales agent Dogwoof has inked a series of deals on its Syria-set feature documentary City Of Ghosts.

The title has sold to Australia and New Zealand (Madman); France (Films Distribution); Italy (Koch Media); Japan (Uplink); Benelux (Periscoop); Poland (Mayfly); Singapore (Anticipate Pictures); Turkey (Filmarti); and Thailand (Documentary Club).

The film previously sold to Amazon Studios / IFC Films for the Us, where it was released in July, and Dogwoof released the film itself in the UK recently. NonStop will release in Scandinavia in September.

Following its premiere at Sundance in January, the film picked up the Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the audience award at Cph:dox.

Screen’s review of the film said that awards attention was “guaranteed”.

Set in the Syrian city of Raqqa, City Of Ghosts depicts a citizen journalist group who banded together after their homeland was taken over by Isis, risking their lives
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A+E Networks Elevates Rob Sharenow to Programming President, Eli Lehrer Joins History

A+E Networks is making moves in its executive ranks.

Rob Sharenow has been elevated to programming president of A+E Networks, moving up from his previous role as Evp and general manager of A+E and Lifetime.

Former Lifetime executive Eli Lehrer is back at the company, joining History as Evp of programming. Additionally, Paul Cabana has been positioned in the newly created role of Evp of Biography and History Digital, plus Thomas Moody has been upped to Evp of program strategy and acquisitions at A+E Networks.

“Streamlining our portfolio’s creative structure under Rob combined with Paul’s business leadership will allow us to accelerate our creative decisions, deal making and strategies,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks. “Together with Elaine, Liz, Tom and now Eli returning home to A+E Networks, Rob’s programming team has a wealth of experience and some of television’s biggest hits in cable
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A+E Networks Names Robert Sharenow President of Programming

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A+E Networks has promoted Robert Sharenow to president of programming, the company announced on Thursday. Sharenow will oversee all content for the entire A+E Networks channel portfolio, including A&E, Lifetime and History. He has served as executive vice president and general manager of A&E and Lifetime since 2015.  The exec will work closely with Paul Buccieri, who runs the business and commercial side of the A+E channels. Reporting to Sharenow will be Elaine Frontain Bryant, Evp of A&E programming, and Liz Gateley, Evp of Lifetime. Also Read: A&E's 'Live Pd' Lands 100-Episode Order Additionally,
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A+E Networks Elevates Robert Sharenow To Programming President, Eli Lehrer Joins History As Evp

Robert Sharenow continues to expand his A+E Networks portfolio. Sharenow, most recently Evp and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime, is adding oversight of History with a new post as President of Programming, A+E Networks. Additionally, former MTV head of development Eli Lehrer has been brought in as Evp Programming at History. In his new role, Sharenow will be responsible for overseeing all content for A&E, Lifetime, History and the entire A+E Networks channel portfolio…
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A+E's Rob Sharenow Upped, Eli Lehrer in as History Channel Chief

Rob Sharenow's rise continues.

The A+E Networks veteran and Nancy Dubuc ally is being elevated to president of programming for the larger network group, expanding his purview beyond simply A&E and Lifetime. In his new position, he will work closely with Paul Buccieri, who oversees the business and commercial side of the portfolio, and have each of the individual networks' executive vice presidents reporting into him.

As part of the reorganization, former Lifetime exec Eli Leher, who was most recently at MTV2, is coming back into the fold as executive vp programming at History, replacing recently departed Jana Bennett in...
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A&E Abandons Scripted Programming, Shifts to All-Reality TV Lineup

A&E Abandons Scripted Programming, Shifts to All-Reality TV Lineup
When Bates Motel closed its doors this week, A&E shut the door on scripted programming, too.

The cable network won’t air any scripted shows going forward, shifting its focus to nonfiction programming only, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Monday’s Bates Motel series finale marks the end of A&E’s scripted efforts after more than a decade of mixed success with original drama series.

RelatedBates Motel Series Finale Recap: So, Were You Crazy About How It Ended?

Bates Motel‘s five-season run was actually the lengthiest of any A&E scripted original, with popular crime
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A+E Networks Showcases Brands, Culture and Storytelling at Upfront

A+E Networks Showcases Brands, Culture and Storytelling at Upfront
A+E Networks took a big departure from the traditional upfront hard sell to emphasize the distinct culture and storytelling styles at its core networks.

The cable powerhouse’s dinner presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center Tuesday night offered heartfelt testimonials from company staffers about the influence that TV has had on their lives.

There were a few brand-image pitch reels and plugs for upcoming shows — including “The Breach” scripted anthology series for History that will bow with the story of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, and “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History” — but the primary message to the roomful of media buyers was the intense focus on storytelling and emotional engagement.

A+E Networks president-ceo Nancy Dubuc kicked it off by sharing memories of watching “General Hospital” with her grandmother after school, which nurtured her love of TV.

“The holy grail was Saturday night — ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” Dubuc
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‘Biography’ Franchise Returns as Event Programming Across A+E Networks Channels (Exclusive)

‘Biography’ Franchise Returns as Event Programming Across A+E Networks Channels (Exclusive)
A+E Networks is reviving one of the programming franchises that built the company into a cable powerhouse: “Biography.”

The series that once defined A&E Network will be revived starting in the spring as a recurring program tied to current headlines, milestone anniversaries and newly unearthed material about famous names.

The new-model “Biography” will air in various formats, from multi-part series to two-hour specials. The installments will primarily air on A&E Network but some will run on History and Lifetime as warranted by the subject matter. As part of the revival, A+E’s existing Bio.com digital content hub will receive a major overhaul, adding more video content and resources to coincide with new installments.

Among the docu productions ordered for the relaunch is a six-hour series examing the life and death of Tupac Shakur, a two-hour take on the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace), and a four-hour look at the
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A&E’s ‘Live Pd’ Police Docuseries Gets Order For More Episodes

A&E is staying on the beat, extending the freshman run of its real-time reality police docuseries Live Pd with an order for 13 more episodes, bringing the Season 1 total to 21 episodes. Since its premiere in October, Live Pd — which A&E's general manager Rob Sharenow described to Deadline as "unmediated, live Cops with third-party journalistic context" — has averaged 1.1 million total viewers a week in Live+7 and has outperformed A&E's regular primetime average by 29%…
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Sundance: 'City Of Ghosts', 'Bushwick', 'Beach Rats' find homes

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Deals continued to trickle in over closing weekend.

Amazon Studios has acquired all worldwide rights to Matthew Heineman’s Isis documentary.

The A&E IndieFilms selection screened in U.S. Documentary Competition and centres on the anonymous Syrian citizen journalists of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently movement who rallied together after Isis took over their land.

Amazon Studios plans “a robust theatrical release and awards campaign” this year.

Our Time Projects produced and Alex Gibney served as executive producer with A&E Studios’ Molly Thompson, Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant, and Maiken Baird, David Fialkow and Stacey Offman.

Cinetic Media brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. A&E retains television rights after the theatrical run.

Meanwhile Xyz Films and Wme Global have licensed Us rights to action thriller Bushwick to Rlj Entertainment in a seven-figure theatrical deal.

Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott directed Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow in the story of a former
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Sundance: 'City Of Ghosts', 'Bushwick' find homes

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Deals continued to trickle in over closing weekend.

Amazon Studios has acquired all worldwide rights to Matthew Heineman’s Isis documentary.

The A&E IndieFilms selection screened in U.S. Documentary Competition and centres on the anonymous Syrian citizen journalists of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently movement who rallied together after Isis took over their land.

Amazon Studios plans “a robust theatrical release and awards campaign” this year.

Our Time Projects produced and Alex Gibney served as executive producer with A&E Studios’ Molly Thompson, Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant, and Maiken Baird, David Fialkow and Stacey Offman.

Cinetic Media brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. A&E retains television rights after the theatrical run.

Meanwhile Xyz Films and Wme Global have licensed Us rights to action thriller Bushwick to Rlj Entertainment in a seven-figure theatrical deal.

Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott directed Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow in the story of a former
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Unscripted Producers Feel Squeeze of Growing Expenses, Reduced Pay

Reality bites — at least for many of its producers.

It’s been more than 15 years since the heyday of unscripted TV, a frenzied era when megahits like “Survivor” launched, surprises like “Joe Millionaire” came out of nowhere, and it seemed like almost any topic could become a phenomenon.

Now, with fewer instant hits and the focus on this golden age of scripted TV, malaise and fear have swept in. Reality TV has become a mature business, which means the shows are more expensive, profit margins have been squeezed, and ratings are down — yet producers are being asked to do more.

You could forgive the average reality producer for being a bit down in the dumps. But according to a new survey of the top reality producers in the U.S., conducted by Variety and PactUS (an association of independent TV producers), that’s only half of the story.

Although producers are feeling the financial squeeze, with
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‘Generation Kkk’: Ku Klux Klan Leaders Claim Producers Paid for Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Series

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Without a single episode ever airing, “Generation Kkk” has proven to be among the most controversial, talked-about shows of the year. The latest in the A&E docuseries’ saga — it had its title changed to “Escaping the Kkk: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” after public outcry and has since been canceled altogether after it was revealed that producers had paid interviewees — comes from Variety, who report that members of the Ku Klux Klan now allege that producers of the show paid them to fake scenes.

Read More: A&E Cancels Ku Klux Klan Series After It Stumbles with Another Holiday Headache

“We were betrayed by the producers and A&E,” said Richard Nichols, a Klan member who was to be featured on the series. “It was all made up — pretty much everything we said and did was fake and because that is what the film people told us to do and say.
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Kkk Leaders Allege Producers Paid Them to Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Documentary (Exclusive)

Kkk Leaders Allege Producers Paid Them to Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Documentary (Exclusive)
The subjects of a TV documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan abruptly canceled last week by A&E allege to Variety that significant portions of what was filmed were fabricated by the producers.

Some Kkk leaders divulged that they were paid hundreds of dollars in cash each day of filming to compel them on camera to distort the facts of their lives to fit the documentary’s predetermined narrative: tension between Klan members and relatives of theirs who wanted to get out of the Klan.

The findings are based on an exclusive Variety investigation based on interviews with over two dozen individuals in and around the Kkk who cooperated with the documentary in at least six U.S. states.

Originally scheduled to air Jan. 10, “Escaping the Kkk: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” was produced by Venice, Calif.-based production company This Is Just a Test.

The Kkk leaders who were interviewed by Variety detailed
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A&E Cancels Ku Klux Klan Series After It Stumbles with Another Holiday Headache

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A&E Cancels Ku Klux Klan Series After It Stumbles with Another Holiday Headache
Just a day after the cable network hoped to silence criticism on its Ku Klux Klan-centric docuseries “Generation Kkk” by changing the title, the network has now canceled the show all together.

In a statement, the network said it scrapped the series (which had been renamed “Escaping the Kkk”) after discovering that participants on the show, including Klan members, were paid to participate by production company This Is Just A Test.

“A&E learned last night from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments — which we currently understand to be nominal — were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access,” the network said on Saturday. “While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary. We had previously provided assurances to the
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‘Generation Kkk’: A&E Changes Docuseries Title After Controversy, Partners With Civil Rights Leaders

A&E executive vice president/Gm Rob Sharenow previously told IndieWire that the network was concerned about their upcoming docuseries “Generation Kkk” getting caught up in politics and “normalizing” white supremacy.

“This is not a reality show starring the Ku Klux Klan,” he stated, adding that he believes that shining a light on the Klan members can show “its true ugliness.”

“The worst thing you could do is ignore it and hope it goes away and hope it’s not really as bad as it is,” he said. “I think what this does is to say, ‘Look at this cancer. It’s horrible, and it’s going to kill us.’ It’s not polite. It’s not neat, and it’s also very much actively about the effort to stop it.”

Now, in an effort to ensure that no one can mistake the docuseries’ intent and that the title alone
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