A Tradition Of Being Anything But Traditional.

We were founded in 1984, with two cable channels when cable was far from a sure bet. Now we’re a global entertainment media company with six original brands: A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, H2®, FYI™ and LMN®.  We reach 330 million people worldwide, can be found in eight out of 10 American homes and have 500 million digital users. The best part? We did it our way.

Yes, we’re global. Yes, our shows are the topic of conversation everywhere. Yes, we’ve made a habit out of bringing the next big thing to TV. But we haven’t forgotten what got us here. Without all of our people – our creative teams, producers and employees – we wouldn’t be where we are today. We have never lost our entrepreneurial spirit, that scrappiness we relied on when we were just starting out. We put people, programming and partnerships at the center of everything we do, because these are the keys to our success.

We are in the business of telling stories. They may be stories about real people or made-up people, but our true talent is imagining, finding, cultivating and bringing to life the most entertaining parts of the human experience.  And that’s not just corporate gobbledygook. We are fully human-centered. We’re proud of the genres we’ve created and the way we’ve reinvented television, but we also put our money where our mouth is when it comes to education and outreach programs. We empower our people because we know they’re the fuel that drives all we do, and they’re driven to entertain and empower our audience.

  • 1983

    The joint venture to form A&E Network is official.

  • 1984

    A&E is launched into an estimated 6 million U.S. homes. Its first program is The Barretts of Wimpole Street

  • 1984

    Lifetime Television is launched.

  • 1985

    A&E wins seven CableACE Awards, more than any other basic cable network.

  • 1987

    A&E introduces Biography® with its first profile, Josephine Baker.

  • 1990

    A&E receives its first Emmy® nomination.

  • 1991

    A&E breaks the 50-million-subscriber mark. 

  • 1993

    A&E’s highest-rated and most viewed calendar year in the network’s history.

  • 1995

    The History Channel launches with 1 million subscribers. Its first program is History of the Automobile: Corvette.

  • 1996

    A&E, History Channel and Biography® launch websites.

  • 1996

    A&E wins its first primetime Emmy Award.

  • 1998

    A&E begins production on its first A&E Original Movie, Murder in a Small Town.

  • 1998

    A&E Television Networks launches two new channels, History Channel International and The Biography Channel.

  • 1998

    The History Channel reaches 50 million subscribers.

  • 2000

    A&E and The History Channel are rated among the top ten television brands by EquiTrend Media Brand Survey. 

  • 2001

    The History Channel reaches 70 million Nielsen subscribers, the fastest cable network to reach this figure from launch.

  • 2002

    A&E is nominated for 22 primetime Emmys, the most in the network’s history.

  • 2003

    A&E secures rights to CSI: Miami.

  • 2004

    The History Channel en Español officially launches.

  • 2004

    Growing Up Gotti is the most watched series premiere ever on A&E.

  • 2004

    A&E garners 24 Emmy nominations, the most ever in the network’s history and more than any other basic cable network.

  • 2004

    Dog The Bounty Hunter® ties Growing Up Gotti as A&E’s most watched series premiere ever. 

  • 2004

    Abbe Raven is appointed President of A&E Network.

  • 2004

    A&E Network finishes the year as the fastest-growing major cable network in key demos A18-34 and A18-49.

  • 2005

    A&E acquires exclusive cable television rights to The Sopranos. 

  • 2005

    Abbe Raven is named President & CEO, A&E Television Networks.

  • 2005

    Military History Channel launches.

  • 2005

    The History Channel experiences its tenth consecutive year of growth among its key demographics.

  • 2006

    Flight 93 premieres and becomes the highest-rated original movie in A&E history.

  • 2006

    The History Channel receives a Peabody Award for Save Our History®: Voices of Civil Rights.

  • 2006

    Gene Simmons Family Jewels™ premieres as the highest-rated original series launch for A&E since Dog The Bounty Hunter.

  • 2007

    The premiere of The Sopranos on A&E is the most watched off-net series premiere on cable ever.

  • 2007

    Ice Road Truckers® premieres on The History Channel and is the network’s number one original telecast ever.

  • 2007

    BIO. rebrands with the tagline, “True Story.™” 

  • 2007

    Nancy Dubuc is named Executive Vice President and GM of The History Channel.

  • 2008

    The History Channel special Life After People™ is the most watched and highest-
    rated telecast ever for the network.

  • 2008

    The History Channel becomes HISTORY.

  • 2008

    A&E rebrands with a new logo and look under the tagline “Real Life. Drama.®”

  • 2008

    HISTORY launches “HISTORY Made Every Day™” brand image campaign.

  • 2008

    Bob DeBitetto is promoted to President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO.

  • 2008

    HISTORY is the #1 cable network in primetime among adults 18-49.

  • 2009

    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.

  • 2009

    A&E’s Intervention® wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. 

  • 2010

    Nancy Dubuc is named President and General Manager of Lifetime. 

  • 2010

    The first night of America: The Story of Us breaks all ratings records for HISTORY. 

  • 2010

    Lifetime receives 11 Emmy Award nominations – a single-year record for the network.

  • 2011

    A&E Network launches a new community outreach program, “Real Life. Change.®”

  • 2011

    A&E Television Networks is rebranded as A+E Networks.

  • 2011

    HISTORY’s Gettysburg wins four Primetime Emmy Awards. 

  • 2011

    HISTORY International™ is renamed H2.

A Global Brand

Global Brand Map
A+E Networks is truly a global media company with joint ventures and channels all over the world. In addition to its New York headquarters, A+E Networks has offices in London and Singapore.

The International division oversees 50 channels around the world, reaching more than 300 million subscribers in over 150 countries in 37 languages.

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