A&E Network and WWE Announce the Return of “Biography: WWE Legends”





A&E Network and WWE Announce the Return of “Biography: WWE Legends” and Series Premieres of “WWE Rivals” and “WWE Smack Talk” in All-New “WWE on A&E” Programming Block Starting Sunday, July 10
The premieres are part of an ongoing partnership featuring 130 hours of new, premium WWE-themed series and specials commissioned by the network to air exclusively on A&E platforms and to be distributed worldwide by A+E Networks.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E NETWORK AND WWE(R) ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF “BIOGRAPHY: WWE LEGENDS” AND SERIES PREMIERES OF “WWE RIVALS” AND “WWE SMACK TALK” IN ALL-NEW “WWE ON A&E” PROGRAMMING BLOCK STARTING SUNDAY, JULY 10

9-WEEK EVENT KICKS OFF WITH “BIOGRAPHY: WWE LEGENDS” HIGHLIGHTING UNTOLD STORIES OF THE UNDERTAKER, THE BELLA TWINS, WRESTLEMANIA 1, GOLDBERG, REY MYSTERIO AND MORE

NEW SERIES “WWE RIVALS” – LED BY FREDDIE PRINZE JR – DIVES INTO THE MOST ICONIC RIVALRIES IN WWE HISTORY ALONGSIDE ALL-NEW AFTER SHOW “WWE SMACK TALK” – HOSTED BY BOOKER T, PETER ROSENBERG AND JACKIE REDMOND – RECAPPING THE NIGHT’S BIGGEST MOMENTS EACH SUNDAY

New York, NY -June 1, 2022 – WWE on A&E is back! Starting Sunday, July 10 at 8pm ET/PT, A&E Network and WWE are bringing fans into the ring with 9 weeks of all-new programming featuring intimate looks into the lives and careers of some of WWE’s most iconic Legends. With unprecedented access to WWE’s archive, season 2 of “Biography: WWE Legends,” new series “WWE Rivals,” and new after show “WWE Smack Talk” air back-to-back each Sunday. The premieres are part of an ongoing partnership featuring 130 hours of new, premium WWE-themed series and specials commissioned by the network to air exclusively on A&E platforms and to be distributed worldwide by A+E Networks.

“Biography: WWE Legends” – Season Two Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 8pm ET/PT

Under the award-winning “Biography” banner, each two-hour episode will tell the intimate, personal stories behind the success of some of WWE’s most memorable Legends and events. Through rare archival footage and in-depth interviews, each episode explores a different Legend and their immense impact in the WWE universe and on pop culture. Legends featured this season include The Undertaker, Goldberg, The Bella Twins, Lex Luger, Edge, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, D-Generation X and a look at the iconic first-ever WrestleMania.

“WWE Rivals” – New Series Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 10pm ET/PT

Actor and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. leads a roundtable discussion of WWE luminaries to delve into the storylines and dynamic characters behind the epic battles that built the WWE. Each one-hour episode features archival footage from WWE’s library as well as interviews with the Legends involved and the Superstars that watched these rivalries unfold. Rivalries featured this season include “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock, Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker vs. Kane, John Cena vs. Edge and the “Monday Night Wars” between WCW and WWE.

“WWE Smack Talk” – New Series Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 11pm ET/PT

Featuring WWE Legend Booker T, Hot 97 and ESPN host Peter Rosenberg and WWE host Jackie Redmond, each half-hour after show episode breaks down the biggest moments from each Sunday’s episode of “Biography: WWE Legends” and “WWE Rivals” as well as reveals new information that didn’t make the cut. Along the way, Booker, Peter and Jackie will welcome WWE Legends, current Superstars and other celebrity guests to further discuss the night’s events.

*Join the conversation by following @WWEonAE and using #WWEonAE*

All series will be available on demand and to stream on the A&E App and aetv.com

“Biography: WWE Legends,” “WWE Rivals,” and “WWE Smack Talk” are produced by WWE for A&E Network. Executive producers for WWE are Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn and Chris Kaiser. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson, and Jonathan Partridge. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About “Biography”

The celebrated “Biography” brand continues to highlight newsworthy personalities and events with compelling and surprising points-of-view and remains the defining source for true stories from some of the most accomplished non-fiction storytellers of our time. Biography.com is the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, premium live event, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG programming can be seen in more than 1 billion homes worldwide in 30 languages through world-class distribution partners including NBCUniversal, FOX Sports, BT Sport, Sony India and Rogers. The award-winning WWE Network includes all premium live events, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library and is currently available in more than 180 countries. In the United States, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, is the exclusive home to WWE Network. Additional information on WWE can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.



A&E Network to Premiere “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution”





A&E Network to Premiere “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” Executive Produced by Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat and Time Studios on Wednesday, June 29 at 9PM ET/PT
The two-part documentary event explores Black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the constraints of their time and spoke truth to power.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E NETWORK TO PREMIERE “RIGHT TO OFFEND: THE BLACK COMEDY REVOLUTION” EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KEVIN HART’S HARTBEAT AND TIME STUDIOS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 AT 9PM ET/PT

TWO-NIGHT EVENT TRACES THE HISTORY OF BLACK COMEDY AS A MEDIUM OF POWERFUL SOCIAL COMMENTARY VIA INTERVIEWS WITH COMEDIANS, HISTORIANS AND ACADEMICS INCLUDING KEVIN HART, TIFFANY HADDISH, W. KAMAU BELL, MICHAEL CHE, STEVE HARVEY, SHERRI SHEPHERD, WAYNE BRADY, AISHA TYLER, DL HUGHLEY, AMBER RUFFIN AND KATT WILLIAMS

New York, NY – May 24, 2022 – A&E Network will premiere the new two-part documentary event “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” exploring the progression of Black comedy and the comedians who have used pointed humor to expose, challenge and ridicule society’s injustices and to articulate the Black experience in America. Executive produced by Kevin Hart’s HARTBEAT and TIME Studios, the documentary explores Black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the constraints of their time and spoke truth to power. “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” is co-directed by Mario Diaz and Jessica Sherif and premieres Wednesday, June 29 at 9pm ET/PT and Thursday, June 30 at 9pm ET/PT on A&E. “Right to Offend” will also be available on demand and to stream on the A&E app and aetv.com.

The documentary traces the history of Black comedy and its under-appreciated legacy of driving social change across the 20th and 21st centuries. From Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley and Dick Gregory during the civil rights movement, Richard Pryor in the 70s, Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg in the 80s, to the power of In Living Color and Def Comedy Jam in the 90s, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle in the 2000s and groundbreaking modern-day comedians and creators like Key & Peele, Issa Rae, Amber Ruffin and Tiffany Haddish. Across four hours, “Right to Offend” explores the rare position these artists and many more hold in our society as both entertainers and truth tellers that speak to audiences in ways no other performers can.

Featuring interviews with some of the greatest comedy minds of all time as well as a rich collection of archival material, the two-part event reveals the personal stories and tribulations faced by many Black performers in attaining greater acceptance and opening the doors for a true representation of the Black experience. The documentary also traces how each generation of comedians built upon the foundations created by their predecessors to help evolve and push the boundaries of comedy as a means for social change and fought for a greater definition and understanding of what it means to be Black in America.

Full list of interviewees:
W. Kamau Bell, Comedian
Alonzo Bodden, Comedian
Dr. Todd Boyd, Author and Academic
Wayne Brady, Comedian
Kevin “Dot Com” Brown, Comedian, Co-Founder “Uptown Comedy Club”
Michael Che, Comedian
Louis Chude-Sokei, Author and Academic
Tommy Davidson, Comedian
Michael Eric Dyson, Author and Academic; Author, “Is Bill Cosby Right?”
Wayne Federman, Comedy Historian; Author, “The History of Stand-Up”
Andre Gaines, Filmmaker, “The One and Only Dick Gregory”
Nelson George, Filmmaker and Cultural Critic
Christian Gregory, Dick Gregory’s Son
David Alan Grier, Comedian
Tiffany Haddish, Comedian
Michael Harriot, Journalist and TV Writer; Author, “Black AF History”
Kevin Hart, Comedian, Actor, Producer & Entrepreneur
Steve Harvey, Comedian
Bambi Higgins, Academic, Author, “Laughing Mad”
Lil Rel Howery, Comedian
DL Hughley, Comedian
Norman Lear, Television Producer
Darryl Littleton, Comedian and Writer
Daryl Mooney, Paul Mooney’s Son
Dwayne Mooney, Paul Mooney’s Son
Garrett Morris, Comedian
Mark Anthony Neal, Author and Academic
Kliph Nesteroff, Comedy Historian; Author, “Comedians”
David Peisner, Entertainment Journalist; Author, “Homey Don’t Play That: The Story of In Living Color”
Russell Peters, Comedian
Elizabeth Pryor, Richard Pryor’s Daughter
Rain Pryor, Richard Pryor’s Daughter
Donnell Rawlings, Comedian
Tony Rock, Comedian
Amber Ruffin, Comedian
Allison Samuels, Entertainment Journalist
Scott Saul, Author, “Becoming Richard Pryor”
Amanda Seales, Comedian
Sherri Shepherd, Comedian
Bob Sumner, Co-Creator, “Def Comedy Jam”
Eddie Tafoya, Comedy Historian; Author, “Icons of African American Comedy”
Robin Thede, Comedian; Creator, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”
Kenan Thompson, Comedian
Joe Torry, Comedian
Aisha Tyler, Comedian
Jimmie Walker, Comedian; Cast Member, “Good Times”
George Wallace, Comedian
Marsha Warfield, Comedian; Cast Member, “The Richard Pryor Show”
Katt Williams, Comedian
Tony Woods, Comedian

“Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” is produced by TIME Studios for A&E Network. Mario Diaz and Jessica Sherif are co-directors and executive producers. Ian Orefice, Loren Hammonds and Alexa Conway serve as executive producers for TIME Studios. Kevin Hart, Bryan Smiley, Pookey Wigington and Mike Stein serve as executive producers for HARTBEAT. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution.”

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality or groundbreaking documentary, A&E always makes entertainment an art. The A&E website is located at aetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV. For more press information and photography please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

About TIME Studios

From one of the most globally iconic brands, TIME Studios is an Emmy Award(R)-winning television, film and immersive studio focusing on the development, production and distribution of truth-based premium unscripted and scripted storytelling that moves the world. With technical innovation and a brand defining visual language that dates back 99 years, TIME Studios aims to impact communities and the world at large with ideas that forge true progress. Combining the industry’s leading creators with TIME, one of the most trusted brands that reaches an audience of over 100 million people globally, TIME Studios is uniquely positioned to bring massive audiences to the world’s most impactful stories. Recent projects include: Jeen-Yuhs (Netflix), Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space (Netflix), Katrina Babies (HBO), Black Gold (Paramount+), Big Vape (Netflix), John Lewis: Good Trouble (CNN Films), Amazing Grace (Neon), Right to Offend (A&E), Ricky Powell: The Individualist (Showtime), Mass Effect: The Story of YouTube, Kid of the Year (Nickelodeon/CBS), TIME 100 (ABC) and the first scripted project for TIME Studios, Women of the Year (Amazon).

About HARTBEAT

Founded by Kevin Hart, HARTBEAT is the global, multi-platform media company creating entertainment at the intersection of comedy and culture with a mission to keep the world laughing together. HARTBEAT delivers comedy through its three divisions: HARTBEAT Studios, which finances, develops and produces innovative content; HARTBEAT Media, which connects with consumers around the world through events and the company’s expansive distribution network; and PULSE, the company’s branded entertainment studio that serves as a creative and cultural consultancy to brand. HARTBEAT’s flagship consumer brand, the LOL! Network, reaches audiences across its O&O social media, audio, and OTT partners. Led by an award-winning team, HARTBEAT is a valuable partner to the biggest entertainment companies, platforms and brands in the world, driving cultural currency and generating sales, subscriptions, buzz, and conversation with some of the most coveted audiences.



A&E Spotlights a Growing Mental Health Issue with New Docu-Series “Digital Addiction”





A&E Spotlights a Growing Mental Health Issue with New Docu-Series “Digital Addiction”
A&E brings a growing mental health issue into the forefront with the new docu-series, “Digital Addiction,” premiering Monday, June 13 at 10:00/9:00c.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E SPOTLIGHTS A GROWING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE WITH NEW DOCU-SERIES “DIGITAL ADDICTION”

New Series from “Intervention” Producers GRB Studios Premieres Monday, June 13 at 10pm ET/PT

NEW YORK – May 19, 2022 – As the world emerges from the global COVID pandemic that forced many to live in isolation, our reliance on digital devices has never been stronger. It is a reality that has taken a toll on many people, with digital addiction rates skyrocketing to unprecedented levels. A&E brings a growing mental health issue into the forefront with the new docu-series, “Digital Addiction,” premiering Monday, June 13 at 10pm ET/PT.

This groundbreaking new series from GRB Studios, the Emmy(R) Award-winning producers of “Intervention,” uncovers the frightening and damaging world of digital dependency and the dramatic impact on the families affected by it. From gaming and social media obsession, to cyber relationship addiction to compulsive information seeking, the addictions are as varied and unexpected as the backgrounds of the addicted. The stakes are very real, and the help needed is immediate. Each episode follows extreme cases of two addicts completely crippled by digital addiction and takes a terrifying look into the dangerous and shocking behaviors that forced their loved ones to intervene. With their lives on the brink of destruction, these families are at their ultimate breaking point. We’ll follow along their explosive and emotional road to recovery as experts devise a digital detox tailored to each struggling addict.

Among the stories featured in “Digital Addiction” are a woman who finds safety and comfort in her many devices, prioritizing them over her daughter and friends; a young man whose online activity invites danger from abusers; a woman obsessed with her analytics as she chases social media fame; twin brothers who compulsively game and watch porn online; a woman traumatized by past abuse who only feels safe online; a teenager struggling through the pandemic by overusing his devices; a young man addicted to online gambling, livestreaming and hook-up apps; and a young unemployed woman whose life revolves around her provocative social media posts.

Join the conversation by following @AETV and using #DigitalAddiction

The series will be available on demand and to stream on the A&E app and AETV.com. For more information on the series, visit the official “Digital Addiction” site – https://www.aetv.com/shows/digital-addiction.

“Digital Addiction” is produced for A&E by GRB Studios. Gary R. Benz and Dan Partland are Executive Producers for GRB. Brad Holcman, Shelly Tatro and Elaine Frontain Bryant are Executive Producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Digital Addiction.”

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv



A&E’s Groundbreaking Documentary Series “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” Returns For Season Three





A&E’s Groundbreaking Documentary Series “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” Returns For Season Three on Thursday, May 26th
The series follows the dramatic inside stories – as they unfold – of people facing trial for serious crimes they are alleged to have committed.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E’s GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES “ACCUSED: GUILTY OR INNOCENT?” RETURNS FOR SEASON THREE ON THURSDAY, MAY 26th

NEW YORK, NY – May 3, 2022 – A&E Network has set the season three premiere of the acclaimed documentary series “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” for Thursday, May 26th at 9pm ET/PT.

“Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” follows the dramatic inside stories – as they unfold – of people facing trial for serious crimes they are alleged to have committed. Each claims to be not guilty or that their actions were justifiable. The acclaimed true crime series offers an extraordinary and compelling account of what happens when someone is formally charged with a crime and sent to trial – all solely from the perspective of the accused, their legal team and family members. Each immersive episode follows the accused person’s journey through the planning of their legal defense, their appearances in court, and, ultimately, awaiting justice. As evidence mounts and the trial approaches, these riveting and emotional stories provide an unprecedented look at what happens when your freedom is on the line.

“Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” was a Top 10 True Crime series in 2021.1 The series reached 5.6 million Total Viewers in its second season.2

Among the cases this season are: a veteran finds a wanted fugitive on his land and shoots him in the back. Was it murder or self-defense? A woman wakes to find her son dead; days later her boyfriend is found hanged with his final message claiming the mother wasn’t to blame. Did she fail her child or was she an innocent mother? A bloody fight breaks out between friends during neighborhood drinks. Did he stab his neighbor or did he protect himself? A community is shocked when a man kills his partner of decades. Did he murder his wife or was he medically insane?

Follow along at @AETV and @AETVTrueCrime and join the conversation using #AccusedAE.

The series will be available on demand and to stream on the A&E App and aetv.com.

“Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” is produced by Brinkworth Productions. Malcolm Brinkworth and Xander Brinkworth are Executive Producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman are Executive Producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Accused: Guilty or Innocent.”

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About Brinkworth Productions

Brinkworth Productions is a London based independent production company with an international reputation for critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming. Our work aims to bring extraordinary human stories to audiences in fresh and popular ways – creating documentaries that people watch and remember. Working alongside broadcasters, our projects deliver high-quality, innovative and often ground-breaking television to viewers worldwide.

1. Source: Nielsen, L+7: A18-49, Prime, among ad-supported cable, 2+ telecasts; #10

2. Source: Nielsen, L+7: Accused: Guilty or Innocent Season 2 across Total Day Prems/Rpts (32 telecasts): 8/19/21-9/26/21, Reach based on 6 min qualifier, P2+



A&E Network to Premiere Documentary Series “Origins of Hip Hop”





A&E Network to Premiere Documentary Series “Origins of Hip Hop” Exploring the Moments That Shaped Some of the Genre’s Most Iconic Artists in Their Own Words
Narrated by renowned rapper Nas, the series premieres Monday May 30 at 10:00/9:00c, exploring the story of Fat Joe, before moving to its regular night on Tuesdays starting June 6 at 10:00/9:00c.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E NETWORK TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SERIES “ORIGINS OF HIP HOP” EXPLORING THE MOMENTS THAT SHAPED SOME OF THE GENRE’S MOST ICONIC ARTISTS IN THEIR OWN WORDS

EIGHT-EPISODE SERIES PRODUCED BY MASS APPEAL TO PROFILE BUSTA RHYMES, EVE, FAT JOE, GRANDMASTER FLASH, ICE-T, JA RULE, LIL JON, AND UNCLE LUKE

SERIES PREMIERES ON MONDAY, MAY 30 AT 10PM ET/PT BEFORE MOVING TO TUESDAY NIGHTS, BEGINNING JUNE 6 AT 10PM ET/PT

New York, NY – April 19, 2022- A&E Network will premiere the documentary series “Origins of Hip Hop” from Mass Appeal (“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” “Rapture”) exploring many of Hip Hop’s most celebrated and groundbreaking stars as they share the experiences that molded them in the legendary artists they became. Across eight hours, the series will explore the origins of Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, Ja Rule, Lil Jon, and Uncle Luke as they reflect on their personal journeys and the evolutions of their artistic points of view through their own eyes. Narrated by renowned rapper Nas, “Origins of Hip Hop” premieres Monday May 30th at 10PM ET/PT, exploring the story of Fat Joe, before moving to its regular night on Tuesdays starting June 6th at 10PM ET/PT.

“‘Origins of Hip Hop’ expands our boundary-pushing nonfiction programming slate and celebrates the artists and sounds that have helped define a genre and culture,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming for A&E. “Alongside our partners at Mass Appeal, we are excited to elevate the voices and stories of this incredible group of artists who helped create and continue to shape the genre today.”

In each one-hour episode, “Origins of Hip Hop” delves into the inspiring origin story of one of Hip Hop’s biggest stars as collaborators, friends, family, and the artists themselves take viewers to where their stories began and trace their path to success. In intimate interviews, each artist will reflect on the moments that shaped them, the obstacles they have overcome, and the lessons learned along the way. The series further brings these stories to life through narration by renowned rapper Nas, rare archival footage of the stars, and their beloved music. The premiere episode of “Origins of Hip Hop” focuses on the journey and struggles of one of the genre’s first Latino superstars, Fat Joe, as he reflects on the immense highs and lows of his career and life so far.

Exploring the impact of Hip Hop even further, A&E will be launching a podcast that will continue the conversation around the genre. Coming this May.

“Origins of Hip Hop” is produced by Mass Appeal for A&E Network. Peter Bittenbender and Slane Hatch serve as executive producers for Mass Appeal. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E.

Follow along at @AETV and join the conversation using #OriginsOfHipHop

The series will be available on demand and to stream on the A&E App and aetv.com

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About Mass Appeal

Mass Appeal is an entertainment company dedicated to telling stories from the perspective of those who shape and shift culture. Since 1996, we have documented the emerging movements that influence popular ideas. Today, Mass Appeal is the elevated voice of Hip Hop and its ever-expanding sphere of influence. Integrated offerings in content, music and creative services stoke Mass Appeal’s ability to maximize the impact of our output. Our diverse school of thought separates us from friends and foes alike.



A&E Network Greenlights “Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard”





A&E Network Greenlights “Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard” (wt) as First Official Documentary in Association with His Estate
In his short 35 years of life and long after his passing, ODB has had a significant influence on a whole generation of fans and performers.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E NETWORK GREENLIGHTS “BIOGRAPHY: OL’ DIRTY BASTARD” (WT) AS FIRST OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY IN ASSOCIATION WITH HIS ESTATE

PRODUCED BY PULSE FILMS AND FOUR SCREENS, THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENTARY IS DIRECTED BY AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR SAM POLLARD AND HIS SON JASON POLLARD AND WILL PREMIERE IN 2023

New York, NY – March 31, 2022 – A&E Network has greenlit the two-hour documentary “Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard” (wt) which will be the first official feature documentary about the Grammy-nominated musician and legendary founding member of the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Born Russell Jones in 1968 in Brooklyn, NY, ODB developed a unique persona and rhyme style that set him apart from his contemporaries. In his short 35 years of life and long after his passing, ODB has had a significant influence on a whole generation of fans and performers. With exclusive rights to a never-before-seen personal archive shot by his wife, Icelene Jones, and access to his closest friends and family, this culture-defining special humanizes ODB as a man, a father, and a husband like never before. This definitive documentary is co-directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Director Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI, Black Art: In The Absence of Light) alongside his son Jason Pollard (Get Me Roger Stone, Bitchin’ The Sound and Fury of Rick James) providing an intimate picture of ODB’s life and reflecting on his lasting impact on music and culture.

Produced by Pulse Films (AppleTV+’s Beastie Boys Story, Beyonce’s Lemonade and Katy Perry’s Part of Me) with Four Screens and the Ol’ Dirty Bastard Estate, the documentary will center on ODB’s solo career, from his first album release in 1995 until his untimely passing from a drug overdose in 2004. Charting his meteoric rise and heart-breaking fall, the film will interweave this modern narrative with looks back at his trauma-filled childhood to examine how it influenced the man and artist he would become. A celebration of his artistry and legacy, the documentary is an unflinching look at the complexities of his life including addiction, adultery, fame, mental illness, sudden wealth, race and criminal justice, and will ask the question of just how complicit the media and music industry were in hastening his demise.

“I am thrilled to tell the full story of my husband. With this documentary the world will learn about the son, the husband, the father, and the artist,” said Icelene Jones. “I’m proud of the team that we built, including Pulse, my producing partners Nicole Beckett and Messiah Jacobs at Four Screens, and our directing team, the Pollards.”

“A&E continues to be an industry leader in definitive documentary storytelling,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E ‘Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard’ will present viewers with the untold story of the man and the musician who made an immense cultural impact across just a few short years.”

“At Pulse Films we are passionate about making music documentaries that tell intimate, and unique stories about the world’s most iconic artists,” commented Sam Bridger, Executive Producer for Pulse Films. “ODB completely redefined what it meant to be an MC. A genius who lived and breathed his art. We are thrilled to have Sam and Jason Pollard on board, who are the perfect filmmakers to tell this amazing story for the first time. There will never be anyone quite like ODB and we are so grateful to his family and friends of for inviting us into his world.”

“Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard” (wt) is produced by Pulse Films and Four Screens for A&E Network. The film will be directed by Sam Pollard and Jason Pollard. Sam Bridger and Diene Pettrle serve as executive producers and Louis Mole serves as producer for Pulse Films. Messiah Jacobs, Nicole Beckett and Icelene Jones will serve as the executive producers representing Four Screens and the Ol’ Dirty Bastard Estate. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard.”

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About Pulse Films

Pulse Films is an award-winning, independent, modern-day studio encompassing the development, production, financing and distribution of cross-platform content for audiences worldwide.Founded in 2005 by Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford, the studio is headquartered in London with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin and Milan. Dedicated to creating moments of culture through innovative storytelling, Pulse Films operates under the following divisions: Scripted, Non-Fiction, Commercials and Music Videos. Pulse Films’ television projects include the record-breaking, critically acclaimed series and BAFTA-nominated Gangs of Londonfor Sky Atlantic and AMC; the AppleTV+ Beastie Boys Story, directed by Spike Jonze, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards; Sundance Film Festival 2022 music documentary hit Meet Me in the Bathroom, Broadcast Award nominee, Hairpower Me & My Afro, and renowned documentaries The Disappearance of Madeleine Mccann and Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator for Netflix. The studios feature film credits include Pig starring Academy Award-winner Nicholas Cage, Mogul Mowgli starring Academy Award-nominated Riz Ahmed, which is nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards. The highly decorated studio regularly features in the top 3 of Televisual’s 100 Production Survey and in 2020 was awarded Production Company of the Year by British Arrows and Shots, then again by Campaign in 2021. Pulse Films won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Documentary for its feature doc Trophy, and received two Grierson Awards for documentary Kingdom of Us. The studio also produced Cannes Jury Prize winner and BAFTA-nominated American Honey. Pulse Film is also behind culturally defining and award-winning music films which includes Beyoncé’s Emmy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning film Lemonade, Nick Cave’s BAFTA-nominated 20,000 Days on Earth, LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play the Hits and London Film Festival hit Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records.

About the Estate of ODB

The Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, managed by Four Screens is dedicated to promoting the legacy of a Platinum Recording Artist and unique American hip hop icon. Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group that first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard went on to pursue a successful solo career, working with musicians such as Mariah Carey, Kelis, Pras, Mya and Wyclef Jean. His solo albums include 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and N***a Please. Instagram: @oldirtybastardlegacy

About Four Screens

Four Screens is a production and management company that is on a mission to bring lasting diversity and inclusion to Hollywood. With two decades of experience Four Screen’s knowledge of entertainment, branding and licensing allows them to navigate the industry and close deals. Four Screens has managed the legacy brand the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard for 10 years, creating licensing and production deals for the legendary rapper. Instagram: @fourscreensmanagement www.4-screens.com



A&E Network Expands Hit Documentary Series “Secrets of Playboy”





A&E Network Expands Hit Documentary Series “Secrets of Playboy” with Two Additional Episodes Continuing the Conversation Around the Legacy of the Playboy Empire and Hugh Hefner
The additional episodes will begin Monday, March 28 at 9:00/8:00c.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E NETWORK EXPANDS HIT DOCUMENTARY SERIES “SECRETS OF PLAYBOY” WITH TWO ADDITIONAL EPISODES CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION AROUND THE LEGACY OF THE PLAYBOY EMPIRE AND HUGH HEFNER

EPISODES HOSTED BY INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST AND FORMER PLAYBOY COVER MODEL LISA GUERRERO EXPLORE THE DARK SIDE OF “THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR” AND FURTHER DELVE INTO THE SERIES’ ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE THROUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH SURVIVORS

New York, NY – March 7, 2022 – A&E Network will expand the ten-part documentary series “Secrets of Playboy” with two additional one-hour episodes, hosted by investigative journalist and former Playboy cover model Lisa Guerrero, continuing the conversation around the legacy of Playboy and the complex world Hugh Hefner created. With new explosive episodes currently airing Mondays at 9pm ET/PT, “Secrets of Playboy” is A&E’s #1 series launch in more than five years. The additional episodes will begin Monday, March 28 at 9pm ET/PT and bring together insiders, some of whom have not come forward until now, for intimate discussions exploring additional facets of Hefner’s Playboy world including the dark world lurking behind the fantasy of the early 2000s television series “The Girls Next Door,” additional conversation around the stories of abuse and manipulation explored in the previous ten episodes of the series, and the public reaction to the series and the allegations it explores.

“Secrets of Playboy” Episode 11 – “Behind The Girls Next Door”–Premieres Monday, March 28 at 9pm ET/PT

Former girlfriends of Hugh Hefner Karissa and Kristina Shannon, discuss their experience with Hefner and the hit television series “The Girls Next Door,” which introduced a new generation to Hefner and the Playboy lifestyle. Telling their emotional story for the first time, Karissa and Kristina reveal that beneath the sugar-coated exterior was a darker world led by Hefner with increasingly stricter rules designed to control the women in order to maintain the Playboy image.

“Secrets of Playboy” Episode 12 – “The Aftermath”–Premieres Monday, April 4 at 9pm ET/PT

Former Playmates, girlfriends, and employees including Sondra Theodore, Susie Krabacher, Lisa Loving Barrett and Audrey Ann Huskey come together to share their experiences and struggles stemming from their time in the Playboy world. Alongside sex and trauma therapist Dr. Kate Balestrieri, the women reflect on the decades of fear and abuse they experienced and how the Playboy legacy has changed as a result of their decisions to come forward.

About “Secrets of Playboy”

“Secrets of Playboy” unravels the glamourous mythology behind the Playboy empire created over several decades by Hugh Hefner. With the creation of the brand, Hefner defined the sexual revolution and allowed for the freedom of sexual expression. Yet intertwined with the glossy facade of a world that seemingly celebrated women was a more sinister reality that for decades allowed nefarious conduct including sexual assault and drug abuse to flourish, and where prostitution, suicide and even murder lurked in the shadows. The series explores how the Playboy machine was a powerful force that, at its worst, manipulated women in a toxic environment, silencing their voices, pitting them against one another, and opening the door to sexual predators. “Secrets of Playboy” airs Mondays at 9pm ET/PT on A&E and is available on demand and to stream on the A&E app and aetv.com.

“Secrets of Playboy” is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) for A&E Network. IPC’s Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Matt Shanfield, and Erin Gamble serve as executive producers along with Consulting Producer Alexandra Dean, Co- Executive Producer Alexandra Orton and directed by Cari Townsend. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson, and Dolores Gavin serve as executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Secrets of Playboy.”

Follow along at @AETV and join the conversation using #SecretsOfPlayboyAE

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About The Intellectual Property Corporation

Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) is an Emmy(R)-winning content creation and production studio based in Van Nuys, California. Founded in 2016 and acquired by Industrial Media in 2018, IPC develops and produces premium television, film, documentary, commercial and interactive mobile content for global streamers and US broadcast and cable networks. Recent productions include “Indian Matchmaking” and “Night Stalker” (Netflix); “Selena + Chef” (HBO Max); “We’re Here” and “The Swamp” (HBO); “This Is Paris” (YouTube Originals); “The Last Narc” (Amazon); “The Substitute” (Nickelodeon); “Empires of New York” (CNBC); and “The Con” (ABC). IPC is a two-time Emmy Award recipient and a Producers Guild Award recipient for its series “Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath” (A&E).



A+E Networks Reinforces Its Commitment to Home.Made.Nation Lifestyle Programming





A+E Networks Reinforces Its Commitment to Home.Made.Nation Lifestyle Programming with 200 New Hours of Original Multi-Platform Content That Will Live Across the Company’s Portfolio of Iconic Brands
The first tranche of programs will air on A&E, which will expand the Home.Made.Nation block to Sundays and broaden its offerings to include food content.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A+E NETWORKS REINFORCES ITS COMMITMENT TO HOME.MADE.NATION LIFESTYLE PROGRAMMING WITH 200 NEW HOURS OF ORIGINAL MULTI-PLATFORM CONTENT THAT WILL LIVE ACROSS THE COMPANY’S PORTFOLIO OF ICONIC BRANDS

A&E LEADS THE CHARGE EXPANDING THE HOME.MADE.NATION BLOCK TO SUNDAYS AND INTO THE FOOD GENRE

RACHAEL RAY AND FORMER NFL PLAYERS GEOFF AND MITCHELL SCHWARTZ TO HEADLINE NEW SERIES

New York, NY – March 2, 2022 – A+E Network bolsters its commitment to lifestyle programming commissioning 200 new hours of original content for Home.Made.Nation, a pillar of multi-platform programming that will live across A&E Network, the HISTORY Channel, Lifetime, and FYI. The first tranche of programs will air on A&E, which will expand the Home.Made.Nation block to Sundays and broaden its offerings to include food content. The announcement was made by Rob Sharenow, President of Programming for A+E Networks.

A pioneer of the home flipping and tiny home genres with series like “Flip This House,” “Flipping Vegas,” and “Tiny House Nation,” Home.Made.Nation on A&E builds upon this legacy by creating a destination for all things home. From house flipping to design inspiration, real estate tips, and food, Home.Made.Nation on A&E features an array of programs, including new series from celebrity cook and designer Rachael Ray, and former NFL players and brothers Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz.

Rachael Ray’s life changed forever when her home and all belongings were burned to the ground in a fire. This inspired Rachael to rebuild her dream home and made her realize how important home is to her. In “Rachael Ray’s Renovation Rescue (working title),” Rachael helps families recover from similar tragedies – not just renovating and remodeling, but picking up and moving forward as they rebuild their lives and create the forever home of their dreams. “Rachael Ray’s Renovation Rescue (working title)” is produced by Intentional Content in production with Six West Media(TM).

Rachael Ray headlines a second series for FYI, “Rachael Ray’s Italian Dream Home.” The series follows television personality, celebrity cook and designer Rachael Ray as she realizes her lifelong dream of owning and renovating a forever home in Tuscany, a place that holds special meaning for Rachael and her husband John. It’s been over two years since the two have been able to visit the site, and the anticipation of starting the work on the historic site is building. The restoration of the villa is fraught with challenges, complete with a looming deadline to bring Rachael’s vision for her home to reality: she needs the home to be finished in time for her anniversary party. “Rachael Ray’s Italian Dream Home” is produced by Intentional Content for FYI.

A&E jumps into the food ring with “Food Fight,” a fun, new competition series hosted by brothers and former NFL players Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz who travel across the country in search of America’s fiercest restaurant rivalries. They’ll meet the locals, sample the dishes and help settle these food feuds once and for all. Los Angeles, California, St. Louis, Missouri, or Birmingham, Alabama, it really doesn’t matter where you go in the U.S., our two favorite pastimes are eating and competing, and they’re not mutually exclusive. But talk is cheap and the only way to be considered the best is by knocking your opponent out of the ring (or Kitchen). “Food Fight” is produced by the Six West Media(TM) and Category 6 Media(TM) group for A&E.

Premiering March 12th is A&E’s newest entry to the flipping genre, “Flipping Down South.” Real estate is on fire in America, and nowhere is hotter than the South. With a ton of affordable homes on the market, savvy investors are flipping their way across the southern states. “Flipping Down South” follows three young entrepreneurs who are heading up Birmingham, Alabama’s fastest growing flipping business. They see dollar signs where others see dumps, focusing on houses most people wouldn’t touch. Buying many of their flips for under $10,000, they turn eyesores into dream homes. But their mission is about more than making money – all three investors come from working class roots, and they aim to keep their flips affordable, while still building a booming business when they are. “Flipping Down South” is produced by the Six West Media(TM) and Category 6 Media(TM) group for A&E.

Currently airing on Saturdays is “50/50 Flip,” featuring husband and wife team, Krystal and Dedric Polite who use their 50/50 Flip Strategy to maximize their profits, renovating a home with less than $50K in under 50 days. These real estate investors have flipped the flipping business in Burlington, North Carolina as they transform homes in the area Krystal and her family grew up in and currently reside. To them it’s about creating affordable housing for everyone and not allowing a big developer to come in and outprice their hometown. Family is everything and by investing back in the community they also want to create generational wealth that they can build and leave to their two young boys and their kids’ kids. “50/50 Flip” is produced by the Six West Media(TM) and Category 6 Media(TM) group for A&E.

Take a peek at some of the most interesting and exciting tiny spaces with “Living Smaller.” Over the past two years, the housing market has changed completely, and people are looking to create innovative ways to maximize their space no matter the size. The tiny living community is no different. Cities across the country have moved to change laws to allow accessory dwellings on properties that have opened the door for more unique tiny homes. From tiny homes, to R.Vs. to Airstreams and beyond “Living Smaller” celebrates the ingenious ways people have taken on the challenge of living small. “Living Smaller” is produced by the Six West Media(TM) and Category 6 Media(TM) group for A&E.

“My $100K House” follows the journeys of families who buy and completely renovate a house without spending more than $100K, including the purchase of the house. We will be along for the ride as these families see how far their $100K can get them and if their gamble paid off. “My $100K House” is produced by the Six West Media(TM) and Category 6 Media(TM) group for A&E.

Fan favorite “Zombie House Flipping” returns on March 5th with all new episodes. When a house has been left for dead, the Zombie House Flippers bring it back to life. Operating in Orlando, Florida, this three-person group of Justin Stamper, Ashlee Casserly, and Keith Ori has made a name for itself flipping rotting, abandoned properties – “zombie houses” – into beautifully remade homes for top dollar. Each episode shows the inner workings of this high-stakes world full of unexpected disasters, hidden costs, and quirky personalities that only Florida can provide. With budgets tight and timelines short, it’s a mad scramble to finish these flips and make bank for the team. “Zombie House Flipping” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group.

Returning for a second season is the new hit series, “Triple Digit Flip.” Some people make money flipping houses, but Jamil Damji, Pace Morby and their team have one goal: make every project a triple digit flip. Each episode, follows Jamil, his best friend and flipper Pace, his project manager and big sister Rahima Blaza, and real estate agent Laura Morby, who is also Pace’s wife, as they flip houses all over the Phoenix area. From living rooms overflowing with trash, to backyards in desperate need of renovation, to houses that are full gut jobs, there isn’t a project Jamil, Pace and their team can’t handle. With the real estate market in Phoenix on fire, they have to work quickly and smartly on every house to try and accomplish their goal. But at the end of the project, the big question remains…will this be a TRIPLE DIGIT FLIP? “Triple Digit Flip” is produced by the Six West Media(TM) and Category 6 Media(TM) group for A&E.

Follow along at Facebook: @HomeMadeNation / Instagram and Twitter: @AETV Join the conversation: #HomeMadeNation.

About A+E Networks

A+E Networks(R) is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media, including A&E(R), Lifetime(R), The HISTORY Channel(TM), LMN(R), FYI,(R), VICE TV(R) and Blaze(R). A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres with a scripted production division, A+E Studios(TM); unscripted production, Six West Media(TM); and independent film unit, A&E IndieFilms(R). A+E Networks Digital(TM) includes watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD products Lifetime Movie Club(R) and HISTORY Vault(R); and podcasts such as History This Week(TM). A+E Consumer Enterprises(TM) includes experiential/branded live events such as HISTORYTalks(TM) and E-commerce; and A+E Networks International(R) includes branded channels, content distribution and scripted/unscripted co-productions around the world. A+E Networks’ content reaches more than 414 million households in 200 territories in 40 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks.

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv



A&E and WWE Expand Original Programming Multi-Year Partnership





A&E and WWE Expand Original Programming Multi-Year Partnership with More Than 130 New Hours
WWE is also beginning production on 24 new episodes of the original series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures,” which will air over multiple seasons.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E AND WWE(R) EXPAND ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH MORE THAN 130 NEW HOURS

NEW SEASONS OF THE ACCLAIMED ‘BIOGRAPHY: WWE LEGENDS’ STRAND AND THE HIT ORIGINAL SERIES ‘WWE’S MOST WANTED TREASURES’ TO BEGIN PRODUCTION

NETWORK GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES ‘WWE RIVALS’ (working title) AND MORE

New York, NY – March 1, 2022 – A&E and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a multi-year expansion of their successful programming partnership with the commissioning of more than 130 new hours of premium WWE-themed series and specials to air exclusively on A&E platforms and to be distributed worldwide by A+E Networks.

The multi-platform partnership includes 35 new episodes of the genre-defining, Emmy-award winning franchise “Biography,” featuring documentaries on legends of WWE. Last year’s “Biography: WWE Legends” episodes drove “Biography” to become A&E’s most-watched series in 2021. WWE is also beginning production on 24 new episodes of the original series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures,” which will air over multiple seasons. The first season of “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” was A&E’s most-watched new series of last year.

A&E has also ordered 40 hours of the new series, “WWE Rivals” (working title). “WWE Rivals” (w.t.) will chronicle the little-known stories behind the biggest clashes in WWE history. The episodes will include revelatory insights from those who were a part of the rivalries that often extended far beyond the ring and the cameras.

Additional hours of original programming are currently in development as well.

“The collaboration between these two powerhouse brands has already proven to resonate with audiences and we look forward to working together to create premium content with broad appeal,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E. “WWE’s incredible fanbase and talent roster are a great complement to A&E’s unique brand of in-depth storytelling that take fans behind the curtain and we are thankful to the entire WWE team for their partnership.”

“A&E is an amazing partner with an impressive lineup of signature series across its networks,” said Nick Khan, WWE President. “The expansion of our partnership will allow us to continue creating a massive slate of new content with a trusted partner, while further establishing A&E as a destination for WWE fans for years to come.”

Through in-depth films helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, “Biography” continues its focus on meaningful events and personalities as well as their impact on our culture. Through new and archival interviews and never-before-seen footage, each film will give fans an in-depth look at the early lives, rise to fame and careers of some of the most influential stars in WWE history.

“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” takes viewers on a journey to find some of WWE’s most iconic, lost memorabilia. In each episode, WWE Superstars and Legends investigate, negotiate, bid and travel across the country to unearth rare items in the hopes of preserving and sharing the legacy behind the memorable moments in WWE history.

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, premium live event, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG programming can be seen in more than 1 billion homes worldwide in 30 languages through world-class distribution partners including NBCUniversal, FOX Sports, BT Sport, Sony India and Rogers. The award-winning WWE Network includes all premium live events, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library and is currently available in more than 180 countries. In the United States, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, is the exclusive home to WWE Network. Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.



A&E Network Greenlights Four-Part Documentary Event “James Brown: Say It Loud”





A&E Network Greenlights Four-Part Documentary Event “James Brown: Say It Loud” (wt) Commemorating the Godfather of Soul
The documentary will premiere on A&E in 2023 timed to what would have been Brown’s 90th birthday.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E NETWORK GREENLIGHTS FOUR-PART DOCUMENTARY EVENT “JAMES BROWN: SAY IT LOUD” (WT) COMMEMORATING THE GODFATHER OF SOUL

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY MICK JAGGER, QUESTLOVE, PETER AFTERMAN, DAVID BLACKMAN, VICTORIA PEARMAN, BLACK THOUGHT AND DIRECTED BY DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER UNDER PRODUCTION ENTITIES, JAGGED FILMS, TWO ONE FIVE ENTERTAINMENT, INAUDIBLE FILMS AND POLYGRAM ENTERTAINMENT

New York, NY – February 25, 2022 – A&E Network has greenlit four-part documentary event “James Brown: Say It Loud” (working title) exploring the entertainment icon’s legacy as a musical force, cultural catalyst, and dominant Black creative voice. The documentary event delves into Brown’s improbably epic life and sound that was as innovative as it was influential. Exploring his legacy through exclusive interviews with friends, family, collaborators and proteges as well as his beloved music catalog, the documentary also includes never-before-seen archival footage. The documentary will premiere on A&E in 2023 timed to what would have been Brown’s 90th birthday. The series is directed by Deborah Riley Draper and executive produced by Mick Jagger, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Peter Afterman, David Blackman, Victoria Pearman, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, Shawn Gee, Zarah Zohlman and Charlie Cohen. Co-Executive Producers for Polygram are Madeline Post and Robert Komadina. Producer for Inaudible Films is Sarah Haber.

“I am thrilled to be producing the four part documentary series with A&E delving into the fascinating life of James Brown,” said executive producer Mick Jagger. “He was a brilliant performer who inspired me from the beginning and was deeply committed to the Civil Rights movement. I have always admired James and learned so much from him. I look forward to bringing the series to life.”

“The life of James Brown is significant not only to understand his immense musical impact, which inspires us and other artists to this day, but also for the deep and lasting impression he has had on American culture,” said executive producers Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter. “Brown’s life is a crucial and timely story of struggle, redemption, and self-identity and we are honored to have the chance to share it.”

“A&E has a long legacy as a home for bold, insightful, and engaging storytelling that pushes boundaries and bring viewers deeper into the lives and worlds they thought they knew,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E. “We are honored to partner with executive producers Mick Jagger, Questlove, Black Thought, the teams at Inaudible Films, Jagged Films, Two One Five Entertainment, Polygram Entertainment, and director Deborah Riley Draper to continue this tradition with ‘James Brown: Say It Loud’ to provide audiences with an in-depth look, not only into the extraordinary life of the Godfather of Soul, but also his immeasurable influence as a cultural force in American society.”

Across four hours, “James Brown: Say it Loud” traces the intense highs and lows of James Brown’s life and career from a 7th grade drop-out arrested for armed robbery in the Jim Crow era South to an entertainment legend whose words, songs, style and moves inspired musical revolutions and molded a nation’s view of Black pride and Black masculinity. Consistently facing obstacles and unbelievable odds, the documentary details how Brown persevered through decades of personal demons, racial injustice and career setbacks to find redemption and become one of the most celebrated and influential artists of the 20th century. “James Brown: Say It Loud” is a definitive look at a complicated life and a reflection on the immense impact Brown continues to have as a musical and cultural trailblazer.

“James Brown: Say It Loud” is produced by Inaudible Films in association with Polygram Entertainment for A&E Network. Peter Afterman serves as executive producer for Inaudible Films along with producer Sarah Haber. Executive producers for Jagged Films are Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman. Executive Producers for Two One Five Entertainment are Amhir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, Shawn Gee, and Zarah Zohlman. David Blackman serves as an executive producer with Madeline Post and Robert Komadina as co-executive producers for Polygram Entertainment. Charlie Cohen also serves as executive producer. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About Jagged Films

Emmy Nominated, Grammy Nominated and Peabody Award Winning Producers, Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman, together formed Jagged Films in 1995. Since its formation, Jagged Films has produced HBO’s Emmy nominated series VINYL (alongside Martin Scorsese), the Peabody Award Winning and Grammy Nominated HBO Documentary entitled MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN (by award winning director, Alex Gibney – premiered at Tribeca Film Festival), the Universal Pictures James Brown biopic: GET ON UP (directed by Tate Taylor), HBO’s Emmy nominated documentary, CROSSFIRE HURRICANE (featuring the Rolling Stones and directed by Academy Award winner Brett Morgen), and SHINE A LIGHT, a documentary directed by Martin Scorsese in 2008 which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was released by 20th Century Fox and Paramount. Jagged Films produced the documentary STONES IN EXILE (directed by Stephen Kijak) about the making of the iconic Rolling Stones album. Produced in partnership with John Battsek, the film was part of Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and distributed by Paramount and 20th Century Fox. Additionally, Jagged Films produced THE WOMEN (directed by Diane English, starring Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eva Mendes, Bette Midler and Carrie Fisher) and ENIGMA (directed by Michael Apted and written by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard, starring Kate Winslet). Jagged Films just completed production on TROUBLE IN MIND (directed by Ethan Coen), a documentary about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis with Live Nation. Jagged Films is producing a number of TV and film projects and are currently in various stages of development.

About Two One Five Entertainment

Two One Five Entertainment, founded by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, is a full-service storytelling and content development media company. The foundation of the company is built upon compelling storytelling through the creation of dynamic films, short form and long form digital content, theatrical experiences and documentary styled content. Two One Five has produced content for partners such as AMC, Disney, Amazon, VH1, BET, You Tube and Twitch. In 2022, Two One Five Entertainment is set to executive produce Sam Pollard’s The League, a documentary centered on the tumultuous journey of Negro league baseball and also produce an upcoming documentary on the legendary Sly Stone, as well as various projects with partners such as Disney Jr. This year the company also executive produced Descendant, a feature documentary on the historic discovery of The Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in America illegally transporting enslaved Africans. The documentary, which made its world premiere at Sundance in 2022, was acquired by Netflix. Higher Ground, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, will present the film, alongside Netflix. Additionally, Two One Five has a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop scripted and non-scripted programming. In addition to Two One Five’s current slate, Questlove recently made his directorial debut with the acclaimed Academy Award nominated feature documentary Summer of Soul. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the “Grand Jury Prize” and “Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary.” The movie broke the record for the highest selling documentary to come out of Sundance when it was acquired by Searchlight/Hulu and it has since gone on to receive an Academy Award and BAFTA nomination for “Best Documentary,” as well as receiving six Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards Questlove additionally garnered a nomination for “Best Director” by the Director’s Guild. The film was also named the “Best Movie of 2021” by The New York Times and was named one of the best of the year by The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Guardian, The Wrap and People Magazine. In addition, Barack Obama named Summer of Soul one of his “Favorite Movies of 2021.” Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tarik Trotter, The Roots and Two One Five are all represented by Shawn Gee of Maverick Management.

About Inaudible Films

Inaudible Productions, founded in 1986 by multiple Grammy Award winning Peter Afterman is a full service music supervision and content production media company. Inaudible Films produced the award winning music documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD, which featured three generations of guitar players, Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White discussing their creative process (directed by Davis Guggenheim). It also produced along with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman the Peabody Award Winning and Grammy Nominated HBO Documentary entitled MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN (directed by Alex Gibney), the Joan Jett documentary BAD REPUTATION which was released by Magnolia Pictures and garnered two Critic’s Choice nominations, and recently the Tom Petty documentary TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE that won the Audience Award at SXSW and for which Afterman was nominated for a PGA Award. Afterman was also a producer on the Universal Pictures James Brown biopic GET ON UP, the Greenwich/CNN documentary JIMMY CARTER; ROCK AND ROLL PRESIDENT, a documentary about avant-garde jazz music called FIRE MUSIC, and the Nat Geo/Fox 21 Aretha Franklin scripted series ARETHA: GENIUS starring Emmy Nominated Cynthia Erivo. Inaudible has just completed production on TROUBLE IN MIND (directed by Ethan Coen) a documentary on the life of Jerry Lee Lewis (produced with Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, and T Bone Burnett). Current Inaudible Films include a documentary on the life of Curtis Mayfield, an animated documentary on Thelonious Monk’s song “Round Midnight”which is considered to be the most famous jazz composition in the history of jazz, and a documentary on the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

About Polygram Entertainment

Polygram Entertainment creates music-driven projects for film and television that excites, inspires and engages fans of all ages around the world. A partner of Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment, Polygram produces content that explores the stories behind the biggest recording artists and music of all time and the cultural and social events their music helped define. Polygram works across all music genres to develop, produce, finance and sell documentary, original scripted and unscripted television and feature films. Recent award-winning projects include Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground; Frank Marshall’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart; Beastie Boys Story from director Spike Jonze; Alison Ellwood’s The Go-Go’s; and the Emmy-winning series “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” Upcoming projects include scripted features about KISS and The Osbournes; Donna, a feature documentary about Donna Summer directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano, and a new series based on the life of Frank Sinatra.