Nancy Dubuc

President and Chief Executive Officer, A+E Networks

Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, Lifetime Movies, FYI™ and VICELAND™.  Other businesses in her portfolio include digital content and distribution, A+E Studios®, A+E Networks International, A&E Indie Films®, 45th & Dean™, and Brand Licensing.  She became A+E Networks’ third CEO in the company’s nearly 30-year history in June 2013. The company is now in over 335 million households in more than 200 territories and across a multitude of platforms. 

In October 2015, Dubuc oversaw the joint venture agreement with Vice Media that launched VICELAND in February 2016 and led to a 20% stake in Vice Media Holdings, of which she is now a member of the Board of Directors.  Dubuc’s strategy also incorporates investing in the top content creators through A+E Studios, the company’s long-form production division which produces premium scripted content such as the award-winning programming event Roots, HISTORY’s hit series SIX, the Peabody award-winning UnReal, and the highly-anticipated upcoming Knightfall.

To augment A+E Networks’ core cable network business, Dubuc created A+E Ventures, a strategic investment division that invests in early-stage content and technology companies.   Through A+E Ventures, the company invested in the launch of Propagate, a production company founded by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens which recently produced Apple's first original series, Planet of the Apps.  Propagate joins other key storytelling-centric investments such as Superb, a content company founded by Meryl Poster, The Front, a female-founded online video network and content studio, and BeautyCon, the global community for Gen Z leaders in the fashion and beauty space.

Dubuc’s vision to expand the depth and reach of the A+E Networks brand has led to additional investments in numerous multi-media platforms and technology leaders, including ownership stakes in the award-winning digital cooking brand, Panna; the pay-TV streaming service, TV Player; and the definitive online guidebook and tour-guide, Atlas Obscura.  Dubuc also oversaw a historic partnership with the National Women’s Soccer League securing an equity stake in the league and a three-year broadcast agreement that kicked off in April 2017 on Lifetime. 

In May 2016, Dubuc launched 45th & Dean, an in-house digital storytelling hub supporting A+E Networks’ brands, shows, advertisers and distribution partners.  45th & Dean recently launched Snapchat’s first unscripted series, “Second Chance” to 8mm viewers per episode and “Bae or Bail” on Watch, Facebook’s new video platform, with the first episode garnering over 32mm views to date.

Some of A+E Networks’ hit shows include HISTORY’s VikingsCurse of Oak Island, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers; Lifetime’s Project RunwayDance MomsLittle Women, and Bring It!; A&E’s Live PD, 60 Days In, and Emmy award-winning hits Leah Remini - Scientology and the Aftermath and Intervention; and FYI’s breakout series Married at First SightTiny House Nation, and Arranged.  Dubuc has put the company at the forefront of building world-class sites and apps - including HISTORY Vault™ and Lifetime Movie Club™ - making its award-winning content available to fans and consumers across every platform.  

A graduate of Boston University, Dubuc received a Distinguished Alumni Award from their College of Communications in 2013. Dubuc currently serves on the board for the Paley Center for Media, the 2016-2017 Board of Directors of MAKERS@, Nantucket Film Festival and Team Rubicon, an organization for returning U.S. veterans. 

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