A+E Networks Named 2015 Company of Distinction at Banff World Media Festival

One of the World’s Leading Entertainment Companies to be Honored at the 36th Annual Global Content Event

Toronto, Canada/New York  – TBC – The Banff World Media Festival is thrilled to announce that it will honor the global media company A+E Networks as its esteemed Company of Distinction at the annual event, taking place June 7-10, 2015 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

Introduced in 2013 with CBS Corporation and continued in 2014 with Lionsgate Entertainment, the Company of Distinction Program is an opportunity for the Festival to pay homage to a prestigious company demonstrating significant leadership in the world of screen-based entertainment. As 2015’s Company of Distinction, A+E Networks’ executives, producers and talent will be featured throughout the four-day Festival.

A+E Networks was founded in 1984 and began as two cable channels. Thirty years later, it leads the global entertainment industry with a portfolio of brands including A&E, History, Lifetime, H2, FYI, and LMN. A+E Networks’ premium content pushes boundaries, and crosses borders and platforms.  With an original, fiery entrepreneurial spirit, the company reaches over 330 million viewers in more than 180 territories worldwide and 500 million digital users. A+E Networks has built an impressive roster of shows across multiple genres.  The company is responsible for a number of iconic series including Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Dance Moms, Duck Dynasty, Vikings, The Bible, and Bates Motel.

A+E Networks has also produced a number of independent feature films, and exhibits creative ingenuity in digital distribution, home and family entertainment   Last year, the company launched A+E Studios, giving the organization the ability to ultimately produce and own more of its scripted content.  As the only ad-supported non-sports network with TV Everywhere video apps on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, Roku, Xbox 360, Apple TV and Amazon Fire, A+E Networks has hit over 22 million Watch Apps downloads to-date across mobile and over-the-top platforms.  In September, A+E Networks acquired a 10% minority stake in VICE Media.

The Banff World Media Festival is proud to recognize A+E Networks as this year’s Company of Distinction as it continues a shared passion for putting “people, programming and partnerships at the centre of everything”.

“A+E Networks undoubtedly deserves the honor of Company of Distinction,” said Barb Williams, President of Shaw Media and Chair of the BANFF Board of Directors. “Their inventiveness has led to a visionary global media approach and we are thrilled not only to celebrate their triumphs, but to benefit from their extensive industry experience.”

“We are very excited to be presented with this wonderful honor at BANFF,” said Sean Cohan, Executive Vice President, International for A+E Networks. “As one of the world’s leading television and digital media content events, BANFF’s entrepreneurial values align very closely with A+E Networks’, and we are thrilled to have our executives and talent attend this year’s Festival to celebrate how far we have come.”

About the Banff World Media Festival

The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 36th annual Banff World Media Festival will take place June 7-10, 2015 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

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About A+E Networks

A+E Networks, LLC. 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 A&E® Network, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime + Investigation™, Military HISTORY™, Lifetime Real Women®, A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 180 territories. A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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