The joint venture to form A&E Network is official.
We’ve been in the business of reinventing storytelling since 1984. We took HISTORY® out of the history books, and we brought Biography® to life. For our viewers, we’ve invented new genres, told untold stories and broken barriers. For our partners, we’ve offered new networks, new audiences, and new ways for brands to talk to customers.
A+E Networks is an award-winning global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs, to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of the A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, LMN®, bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español®, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, and LRW® networks, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Films™, A+E Studios™, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. Our networks and branded programming reach more than 300 million households in over 150 countries. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
At A+E Networks, we are passionate about bringing human stories to life, knowing that it is in life itself that those stories originate. We are committed to empowering our employees, strengthening our partnerships and engaging audiences across the globe.
Life is what you make it. We make it entertaining.
The joint venture to form A&E Network is official.
A&E is launched into an estimated 6 million U.S. homes. Its first program is The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Lifetime Television is launched.
A&E wins seven CableACE Awards, more than any other basic cable network.
A&E introduces Biography® with its first profile, Josephine Baker.
A&E receives its first Emmy® nomination.
A&E breaks the 50-million-subscriber mark.
A&E’s highest-rated and most viewed calendar year in the network’s history.
The History Channel launches with 1 million subscribers. Its first program is History of the Automobile: Corvette.
A&E, History Channel and Biography® launch websites.
A&E wins its first primetime Emmy Award.
A&E begins production on its first A&E Original Movie, Murder in a Small Town.
A&E Television Networks launches two new channels, History Channel International and The Biography Channel.
The History Channel reaches 50 million subscribers.
A&E and The History Channel are rated among the top ten television brands by EquiTrend Media Brand Survey.
The History Channel reaches 70 million Nielsen subscribers, the fastest cable network to reach this figure from launch.
A&E is nominated for 22 primetime Emmys, the most in the network’s history.
A&E secures rights to CSI: Miami.
The History Channel en Español officially launches.
Growing Up Gotti is the most watched series premiere ever on A&E.
A&E garners 24 Emmy nominations, the most ever in the network’s history and more than any other basic cable network.
Dog The Bounty Hunter® ties Growing Up Gotti as A&E’s most watched series premiere ever.
Abbe Raven is appointed President of A&E Network.
A&E Network finishes the year as the fastest-growing major cable network in key demos A18-34 and A18-49.
A&E acquires exclusive cable television rights to The Sopranos.
Abbe Raven is named President & CEO, A&E Television Networks.
Military History Channel launches.
The History Channel experiences its tenth consecutive year of growth among its key demographics.
Flight 93 premieres and becomes the highest-rated original movie in A&E history.
The History Channel receives a Peabody Award for Save Our History®: Voices of Civil Rights.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels™ premieres as the highest-rated original series launch for A&E since Dog The Bounty Hunter.
The premiere of The Sopranos on A&E is the most watched off-net series premiere on cable ever.
Ice Road Truckers® premieres on The History Channel and is the network’s number one original telecast ever.
BIO. rebrands with the tagline, “True Story.™”
Nancy Dubuc is named Executive Vice President and GM of The History Channel.
The History Channel special Life After People™ is the most watched and highest-
rated telecast ever for the network.
The History Channel becomes HISTORY.
A&E rebrands with a new logo and look under the tagline “Real Life. Drama.®”
HISTORY launches “HISTORY Made Every Day™” brand image campaign.
Bob DeBitetto is promoted to President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO.
HISTORY is the #1 cable network in primetime among adults 18-49.
An agreement to combine A&E Television Networks and Lifetime Entertainment Services is announced, with Abbe Raven serving as President & CEO of the new company.
A&E’s Intervention® wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program.
Nancy Dubuc is named President and General Manager of Lifetime.
The first night of America: The Story of Us™ breaks all ratings records for HISTORY.
Lifetime receives 11 Emmy Award nominations – a single-year record for the network.
A&E Network launches a new community outreach program, “Real Life. Change.®”
A&E Television Networks is rebranded as A+E Networks.
HISTORY’s Gettysburg wins four Primetime Emmy Awards.
HISTORY International™ is renamed H2.