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Paul Buccieri Named President of A+E Networks Group

Exec fills vacancy left by Nancy Dubuc earlier this year

Paul Buccieri has been named the new President of A+E Networks Group, the company announced on Friday.

Buccieri fills the vacancy left by outgoing CEO Nancy Dubuc, who left the company for Vice Media in March. He most recently served under Dubuc as president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks
Portfolio Group.

In the new role, he will oversee the entire company, which includes core networks A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI and VICELAND, as well as A+E Studios and other properties. He will report to the A+E Networks Group’s board of directors.

The news was announced by Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Disney|ABC Television president Ben Sherwood on Friday. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Hearst and Disney|ABC Television.

“Paul’s successful track record running A+E Studios and overseeing programming at the portfolio of brands, combined with his experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, will further propel A+E Networks’ momentum,” Swartz and Sherwood said in a joint statement. “He’s a proven leader, strong collaborator and skilled programmer with an eye for identifying trends in the very competitive content marketplace. As we make this announcement, we also thank A+E Acting Chairman Abbe Raven for her leadership during the transition and her assistance in identifying Paul as the network’s next leader. Abbe will remain in her role at least through year-end.”

“I want to sincerely thank our board members at Disney and Hearst for offering me this exceptional opportunity to lead A+E Networks during this transformative time in media,” said Buccieri. “I could not be prouder of A+E’s powerful brands, strong partnerships and, most importantly, the talented people I get to work with every day. We look forward to expanding on our solid foundation of creativity.”

Buccieri first joined A+E in 2015 as president of A&E and History. He previously held positions at the U.K. media company ITV and Fox Twentieth Television.

Variety was first to report the news.