NEW YORK/ROME (December 9, 2013) – A+E Networks® announced today that it has established A+E Networks Italy, a Rome-based company to launch and operate branded channels and services in Italy. A+E Networks Italy will launch Crime + InvestigationTM (CI) on Sky Italia on December 16, and is working with its current partner, Fox International Channels (FIC), to assume full ownership of HISTORY® Italy in early 2014.

“The formation of A+E Networks Italy marks an important milestone for A+E Networks as it is our first wholly-owned operation in Europe,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks. “We are committed to continued international expansion of our brands and business, and we are excited about growth opportunities throughout Italy and all of Europe.”

“We are very excited for the launch of CI, which is available exclusively to Sky subscribers. We look forward to building a successful relationship with A+E Networks, whom we consider to be one of our key partners, to develop better and stronger content for our service,” said Andrea Scrosati Executive Vice President Programming of Sky Italia. “CI further strengthens Sky Italia’s exclusive channel line-up, making our basic offer the most comprehensive in the Italian market.”

Crime + Investigation is being built with exclusive access to A+E Networks’ rich, crime/justice catalogue, which has led the genre for the last 20 years. Some of the globally-recognized programs scheduled to premiere during CI’s launch include The First 48, Panic 9-1-1, and Evil Up Close. With a commitment to bringing timely and relevant programming to Italian audiences, CI will also air original productions and will feature local talent and experts.

HISTORY takes viewers on a journey through the ages, connecting our modern world with its historical roots in a way that is relevant, entertaining, and often surprising. HISTORY is the leading destination for top quality, award-winning original series and specials that challenge perceptions of the past and tell compelling stories through new perspectives and vivid reconstructions. In Italy, HISTORY’s top-rated franchises and specials include Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Mafia Bunkers and Big History. In 2014, Italian audiences can expect more content that will pick up on the success of HISTORY globally, including the introduction of new big-character franchises and scripted series. In October 2013, HISTORY Italy ranked as the #1 factual channel in primetime among A18+ and A25-54.*

Sean Cohan, Executive Vice President, International, A+E Networks added, “HISTORY is a leading factual brand in Italy, and we are delighted to broaden our partnership with SKY Italia through the launch of CI, Italy’s first factual crime channel. We look forward to growing the full A+E Networks’ channel portfolio in Italy.”

A+E Networks will make announcements on management appointments for A+E Networks Italy in the coming months.

About A+E Networks®

A+E Networks 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 the following networks and divisions: A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMNTM (formerly Lifetime Movie Network®), bio.®, H2TM, HISTORY en EspañolTM, Crime + Investigation®, Military HISTORY®, LRWTM (formerly Lifetime Real Women®), A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks InternationalTM, A+E Networks DigitalTM and A+E Networks Consumer ProductsTM. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

*Source: Auditel / TechEdge, consolidated data, primetime 20-23hrs, A18+ & A25-54, ranked by 000s.