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A+E Networks Names New International Co-Heads

Patrick Vien joins from Pulse Films, Edward Sabin is promoted

Want to do business with A+E Networks overseas? Get to know Patrick Vien and Edward Sabin, the company’s new executive managing directors.

Vien joins from Pulse Films; he’ll now have oversight of all of A+E’s businesses throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Vien will also lead the programming strategy, acquisitions and production for the company’s channels outside the U.S. and collaborate on international marketing initiatives. Lastly, Vien will oversee all aspects relating to A+E’s international content sales across 220 territories. Vien, who begins his role in January, will be based in New York City.

Sabin joined A+E Networks in 2015 as managing director, Americas & head of commercial operations, overseeing A+E International’s commercial operations globally. He manages key relationships, partnerships, channels and digital media activities in Latin America and Canada; leads the company’s global strategic and operational teams; and heads up format programming and production. In his expanded role, Sabin adds oversight of Asia, Australia and New Zealand to his remit. He’s based in Los Angeles.

“Vien’s appointment and Sabin’s elevation will support A+E Networks’ rapidly expanding global footprint across all platforms for both long and short-form entertainment,” said Sean Cohan, president, international and digital media, A+E Networks. “Sabin has played a leading role in the growth of our operations globally and is supremely suited to keeping A+E Networks in pace with the marketplace moving forward.”

“Vien is a consummate growth executive whose decades of experience across several media industries is well suited to our rapidly growing operations,” he continued. “We have been extremely impressed with his efforts on behalf of our partnership with Pulse Films and thrilled he will be bringing his many talents to our organization as co-head of international.”

A+E recently formed a partnership with Pulse Films — a deal that Sabin and Vien negotiated. When the latter ran that global content studio, Pulse put out Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and “American Honey.”