Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, 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 vision to expand the depth and reach of the A+E Networks’ brand has led to strategic investments in numerous multi-media platforms and technology leaders, including ownership stakes in the award-winning digital cooking brand Panna and the pay-TV streaming service TV Player.
Her strategy also includes investments in the top content creators. In addition to the acceleration of A+E Studios, which produces premium scripted content such as the award-winning programming event Roots, HISTORY’s hit series SIX and the highly-anticipated upcoming Knightfall; A+E Networks has invested in the launch of Propagate, a production company founded by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Propagate is currently in production on Apple's first original series tentatively titled Planet of the Apps. Propagate joins other key storytelling-centric investments such as Superb, a content company founded by Meryl Poster, former head of television for The Weinstein Company, and The Front, a female-founded online video network and content studio. 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 kicking off in April 2017 on Lifetime.
In May 2016, Dubuc launched 45th & Dean, a multi-platform storytelling hub and full service studio and social media agency which develops content for all A+E Networks’ brands, as well as for advertising partners. 45th & Dean recently partnered with Snap Inc. to produce the first original series for Snapchat, Second Chance, set to premiere on the platform in April.
Some of A+E Networks’ hit shows include HISTORY’s Vikings, Curse of Oak Island, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers; Lifetime’s UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Little Women, and Bring It!; A&E’s 60 Days In, Leah Remini - Scientology and the Aftermath, Live PD, Bates Motel and Wahlburgers; and FYI’s breakout series Married at First Sight, Tiny 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, Nantucket Film Festival and Team Rubicon, an organization for returning U.S. veterans.