Abbe Raven is Chairman, A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, H2®, HISTORY en Español™, Crime + Investigation™, Military HISTORY®, LRW®, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. Elevated to this newly created position in June 2013, Ms. Raven serves as strategic corporate business advisor, spearheading long-term business and revenue opportunities as well as initiating public policy initiatives.
Prior to this position, Raven led A+E Networks as President and Chief Executive Officer, tripling its earnings and expanding its global portfolio since April 2005. She also oversaw the company’s strategic merger with Lifetime Television in 2009. Under Raven’s leadership, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming have grown to reach more than 330 million households in over 150 countries. During her tenure at A+E Networks, Raven has been honored for building some of the most prominent and highly valued cable networks and for standing at the forefront of numerous industry-wide initiatives.
In September 2012, Raven was again named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune. She was cited for running one of the most successful multibillion-dollar global media companies. Over the last 10 years, Raven has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which listed her as one of 2012’s Top 5 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. In April 2005, she received the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association for her years of leadership in the cable industry. At a White House ceremony in May 2007, Raven accepted the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from first lady Laura Bush for HISTORY’s longstanding commitment to historic preservation. In October 2009, Raven was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In April 2011, she was the recipient of the prestigious New York Women in Communications Matrix Award.
Prior to her position as President and CEO, Raven was President of A&E Network and The Biography Channel. She spearheaded the revitalization of A&E, launching it back into a top ten network. Under her leadership, A&E Network created a new crop of real-life programming, which led to double-digit growth in the network’s target demographic, a reduction in the network’s median age by almost 20 years, and a record 24 Emmy® nominations.
Previously, Raven was Executive Vice President and General Manager of The History Channel. Under her direction, The History Channel grew into a leading cable network and won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award and two George Foster Peabody Awards for outstanding documentary programming. Raven was the original architect of The History Channel’s programming schedule.
Raven serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the NCTA and is on the boards of the NAMIC Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation. She also serves as vice chairman of the advisory board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In December 2010, she was the recipient of a New York Women in Film & Television MUSE Award. In 2007, Raven was selected as an honoree of The Paley Center’s “She Made It” in recognition of her leadership and achievements in the world of cable television. In 2005, she was elected a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.