A+E Networks Partner with Land Rover to Present New Overlanding Documentary





A+E Networks Partner with Land Rover to Present New Overlanding Documentary Exploring Passions of Auto Enthusiasts and Outdoor Explorers
“All You Need To Know: Overlanding” premieres Sunday, April 18 at 10:00/9:00c on FYI.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A+E NETWORKS PARTNER WITH LAND ROVER TO PRESENT NEW OVERLANDING DOCUMENTARY EXPLORING PASSIONS OF AUTO ENTHUSIASTS AND OUTDOOR EXPLORERS

All You Need To Know: Overlanding Premieres Sunday, April 18 at 10 p.m. ET on FYI

(NEW YORK) – April 7, 2021 – As part of a comprehensive content partnership, A+E Networks and Land Rover North America present All You Need Know: Overlanding, a 60-minute documentary that explores the burgeoning trend of overlanding, an outdoor adventure rooted in travel and exploration. Developed in partnership with the Land Rover brand’s media agency of record, dentsu X, the special features the capabilities of the new Land Rover Defender and is hosted by outdoor enthusiast Christian Murphy who embarks on a five-day off-the-grid overlanding adventure with global overland expert Scott Brady. AYNTK: Overlanding premieres in the Outdoor block Sunday, April 18th at 10 p.m. ET on FYI followed by an encore on The HISTORY Channel Saturday, April 24th at 9 a.m. ET.

In a comprehensive piece that explores some of America’s most iconic and beautiful scenery, the program serves as both an inspirational tribute to the outdoors and a powerful resource to provide anyone ready to embark on an overland adventure with the practical know-how to get started.

In addition to the 60-minute special, the Land Rover media campaign includes additional short-form content, social assets, on-air promotion, and custom integrations. The special also received a special sneak peek into FYI’s and The HISTORY Channel’s Drive block broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson LIVE, SCOTTSDALE Auction.

AYNTK: Overlanding is aimed at educating and equipping outdoor enthusiast viewers with practical aspects of overlanding – background and history, planning, driving techniques, expert advice, products, tools and resources. It also expands on the All You Need To Know franchise which showcases innovation by sharing stories of thought leaders and industry gamechangers.

With a nod to the historic Land Rover Defender, the New Defender is the toughest and most capable Land Rover vehicle yet, combining a new body structure with all-new technologies and legendary engineering to create a Defender fit for the 21st century. The 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 and 90 is on sale now in the U.S. Configure your New Defender at www.landroverusa.com/Defender.

“Popular interest in overlanding is exploding worldwide and set to become the next really big thing in the outdoor and SUV space,” said Christian Murphy, head of Enthusiast brands, A+E Networks. “Through this unique partnership with Land Rover, the Defender becomes a character in the adventure – not only enabling the journey but capturing the spirit of outdoor exploration. We’ve created content that inserts unique expertise into this huge trend, features American landmarks and hopefully spurs audiences to explore the great outdoors.”

“With more and more people taking four-wheeled adventures, Land Rover and A+E Networks want to shine a spotlight on the world of Overlanding,” said Stuart Schorr, Vice President of Communications, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Packing up your vehicle with everything you need and getting out to explore our amazing natural surroundings is truly rewarding. This program starring Scott Brady and the new Land Rover Defender should inspire continued growth in this specialized area of adventure.”

“Overlanding brings a unique joy and nuance to travel, providing access to all of the experiences, culture, and natural beauty between points A and Z,” said Scott Brady, CEO of Overland International, Inc. “Using an overland vehicle like the Defender allows us to get off the beaten path, to venture further into the unknown, and the connect with adventure in entirely different ways. As travelers, we need experiences like that more than ever.”

About FYI

FYI,TM inspires the ‘enthusiast’ in us all by highlighting those who live life to the fullest and pursue their passions and interests. Bringing together in one place a range of enthusiast lifestyle genres – from cars to all things home, the great outdoors to the amazing stories behind collectibles and much more – FYI, takes viewers inside the worlds of passionate enthusiasts who live their lives on their own terms. FYI is part of the A+E Networks portfolio. For more information, visit https://www.aenetworks.com/brands/fyi

About Land Rover

Founded in 1948, Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures its vehicles in the United Kingdom. For over 70 years the brand has built a reputation for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world; whether driving through the heart of the city or traversing the countryside on- and off-road. Today’s Land Rover lineup includes the Defender; Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Land Rover website at www.landroverusa.com.



A&E and WWE(R) Announce Multi-City Drive-In Screening Event Featuring Documentaries





A&E and WWE(R) Announce Multi-City Drive-In Screening Event Featuring Documentaries Created Under the “Biography” Banner
In each city, fans will enjoy exclusive early previews of select “Biography” films and will be eligible for special giveaways.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E AND WWE(R) ANNOUNCE MULTI-CITY DRIVE-IN SCREENING EVENT FEATURING DOCUMENTARIES CREATED UNDER THE BIOGRAPHY BANNER

FREE OUTDOOR SCREENINGS BEGINNING TUESDAY, APRIL 6 TO TAKE PLACE IN HOUSTON, INDIANAPOLIS, ATLANTA, MEMPHIS, DETROIT AND PHILADELPHIA

New York, NY – March 29, 2021 – A&E Network and WWE(R) are bringing the stories of some of the most memorable WWE Legends straight to fans across America with a six-city, sneak peek, drive-in screening event. In each city, fans will enjoy exclusive early previews of select “Biography” films and will be eligible for special giveaways. Fans can RSVP to the free screening in their city at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/aampe-network-and-wwe-studios-32853200789.

With unprecedented access to WWE’s archive, the eight original two-hour documentaries under the award-winning “Biography” banner showcase the stories behind some of the most memorable WWE Superstars of all time including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin(R), “Macho Man” Randy Savage(R), “Rowdy” Roddy Piper(TM), Booker T(R), Shawn Michaels(R), Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Ultimate Warrior. The new “Biography” specials are helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers to chronicle the success of these WWE Legends and their lasting mark on both sports entertainment and popular culture. Watch trailer HERE

The ‘Biography’ partnership premieres Sunday, April 18 on A&E with “Biography: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin” at 8pm ET/PT followed by the premiere of new series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” at 10pm ET/PT.

Screening Locations and Details

Tuesday, April 6: Moonstruck Drive-In, Houston, TX

“Biography: ‘Booker T” Screening – Tickets Here

Monday, April 12: Malco Summer Drive-In, Memphis, TN

“Biography: Booker T” Screening – Tickets Here

Tuesday, April 13: Ford-Wyoming Drive-In, Detroit, MI

“Biography: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin” Screening – Tickets Here

Wednesday, April 14: Center Brook Drive-In, Indianapolis, IN

“Biography: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin” Screening – Tickets Here

Thursday, April 15: The Springs Cinema & Taphouse, Atlanta, GA

“Biography: Booker T” Screening – Tickets Here

Saturday, April 17: Parking Lot Theaters, Philadelphia, PA

“Biography: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin” Screening – Tickets Here

The WWE “Biography” documentaries are produced by WWE Studios for A&E Network. Executive producers for WWE Studios are Kevin Dunn, Chris Kaiser, Susan Levison, and Richard Lowell. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.

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. Extensive on-air and branded digital content, including short form, will roll-out on all platforms, including Biography.com, the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

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.

About WWE Studios

Headquartered in Los Angeles, WWE Studios is WWE’s multi-platform content division that develops and produces scripted and non-scripted series, documentaries and feature films. More than 50 films and series have been released to date by WWE Studios, including partnerships with Netflix, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, MGM, and Paramount, among others. Upcoming premieres include new non-scripted series WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, along with eight documentaries showcasing some of the most iconic WWE Superstars of all time, under the award-winning Biography banner, both on A&E as part of an expanded partnership with A&E Networks. Additionally, WWE Studios has teamed up with Paramount Animation for the upcoming animated feature film, Rumble. Recent WWE Studios premieres include: The Big Show Show, a live-action comedy series for Netflix; The Main Event, a feature film for Netflix; and Fight Like A Girl, a non-scripted series for Quibi. WWE Studios is also behind hit shows Total Bellas on E! and Miz & Mrs on USA Network, as well as Andre the Giant, an Emmy-nominated documentary in partnership with HBO.



A&E’s Hit-Series “Storage Wars” Returns for an All-New Season Followed by New Series “Hustle & Tow”





A&E’s Hit-Series “Storage Wars” Returns for an All-New Season Followed by New Series “Hustle & Tow” on Tuesday, April 20
“Hustle & Tow” pops the hood to take a close-up look at America’s unsung essential workers who perform daily under extremely dangerous conditions, despite every imaginable encounter with unexpected terrain, wildlife and weather: tow truck drivers.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E’S HIT-SERIES “STORAGE WARS” RETURNS WITH FAN-FAVORITE CHARACTERS FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF HEATED AUCTION BATTLES PREMIERING TUESDAY, APRIL 20 AT 9PM ET/PT

FOLLOWED BY NEW SERIES “HUSTLE & TOW” HIGHLIGHTING THE UNPREDICTABLE WORLD OF TOW TRUCK DRIVERS AS THEY WORK TO KEEP THE ROADS SAFE PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 20 AT 10PM ET/PT

New York, NY – March 25, 2021 – A&E locks in Tuesday, April 20 for the premiere of two original series. America’s favorite treasure hunters continue the search for valuable repossessed storage lockers with an all new season of the hit-series “Storage Wars” premiering on Tuesday, April 20 at 9pm ET/PT. Following the premiere of “Storage Wars” at 10pm ET/PT is new series “Hustle & Tow” documenting the dangerous world of tow truck drivers as they work to keep drivers safe.

“Storage Wars” returns to bidding, buying and selling for an all new season of wild auction battles in California. Fan-favorite auctioneers and buyers including Dan and Laura Dotson, Brandi Passante, Jarrod Schultz, Darrell Sheets, Kenny Crossley, Rene and Casey Nezhoda, as well as Ivy Calvin and his sons return to the lockers in search of the next big find. This season, viewers will join the thrill of the hunt at the fast-paced auctions for a look into the exhilarating, high-stakes world of storage auctions. Buyers go to the storage facilities, willing to risk it all, to bid on the contents of lockers and if they’re lucky, find treasure not just trash! “Storage Wars” returns for some of the best (and worst) storage unit finds with two all-new back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, April 20 at 9pm ET/PT. Join the conversation on social media with @aetv by using #StorageWars.

“Hustle & Tow” pops the hood to take a close-up look at America’s unsung essential workers who perform daily under extremely dangerous conditions, despite every imaginable encounter with unexpected terrain, wildlife and weather: tow truck drivers. These hard-working men and women respond to a massive array of calls from recovering stolen cars, to handling contentious impounds, clearing behemoth big rig wrecks, rescuing families who have veered off the highway and much more. Embedded with diverse shops and drivers in both rural and urban communities across the country, “Hustle & Tow” offers viewers a rugged “day-in-the-life” perspective on tow truck drivers, where depending on the call drivers can either be hailed as heroes or labeled as villains. These drivers – part-mechanics and part-first responders – endeavor to keep the country mobile while moving from one call to the next to get the job done. “Hustle & Tow” premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, April 20 at 10pm ET/PT. Join the conversation on social media with @aetv by using #HustleAndTow.

“Storage Wars” is produced by Original Productions for A&E Network with Jeff Bumgarner, Ernie Avila, Jeff Hasler and Roman Mykytyn serving as executive producers. Franklin Cumberbatch and Sean Gottlieb serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Network holds worldwide distribution rights for “Storage Wars.”

“Hustle & Tow” is produced by Bodega Pictures for A&E Network. Executive producers for Bodega are Benjamin Nurick, Joshua Ackerman and Dan Partland. Executive Producers for A&E are Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb. A+E Network holds worldwide distribution rights for “Hustle & Tow.”

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.



A+E Networks Joins AAPI Community with Cross-Platform PSA Supporting StopAAPIHate.org





A+E Networks Joins AAPI Community with Cross-Platform PSA Supporting StopAAPIHate.org
Currently running on air across the portfolio’s channels – A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime and LMN – the PSA is also being shared on each network’s social media platforms.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A+E NETWORKS JOINS THE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY IN SOLIDARITY WITH A CROSS-PLATFORM PSA SUPPORTING STOPAAPIHATE.ORG, VOICES MAGNIFIED PROFILES FEATURING AAPI CHANGE MAKERS, SHORT FORM CONTENT HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT ADDRESSING THE RISE IN VIOLENCE AGAINST THE ASIAN COMMUNITY

Los Angeles, CA – March 19, 2021 – With the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the pandemic began, A+E Networks is standing in solidarity with the AAPI Community with a PSA addressing the rise of violence in support of StopAAPIHate.org. Currently running on air across the portfolio’s channels – A&E, The HISTORY Channel, Lifetime and LMN – the PSA is also being shared on each network’s social media platforms and is viewable here.

As part of A+E Networks’ efforts to amplify the voices of those making changes in their communities for the greater good, three Voices Magnified short form pieces have been commissioned, focusing on individuals in the AAPI community. Voices Magnified gives a national spotlight to timely and important conversations on equality and social reform which are occurring across America today. These short form pieces will begin airing in April and run into May in alignment with Asian Pacific Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture and achievements in the United States.

The subjects for the Voices Magnified content include:

Mitchell Maki/Going for Broke

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order relocating over 100,000 Japanese Americans to concentration camps, imprisoning them behind barbed wire. Despite this, some 1,100 American-born Japanese men volunteered to fight for the U.S. The 442nd Regiment Combat Team – the most decorated military unit in American history consisting of mainly second-generation Japanese Americans. Mitchell Maki and the Go For Broke National Education Center educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to U.S. history.

Anh Vu Sawyer

In 1975, when she was an 18-year-old college student in Vietnam, Anh and her family were part of the historic airlift from the American Embassy rooftop, a few hours after the fall of Saigon. Now, Anh is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts. Her mission at SEACMA is to provide assistance to Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants and low-income families so that they can thrive and contribute, while also helping to preserve their cultural heritage in their new home of Massachusetts. She has a lifetime of stories of honoring and preserving not only her family’s Vietnamese heritage but many others and from many racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Tessa Xuan

Tessa is the Chair of OPAWL (Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership). Concerned with the rise in hate incidents targeting Asian Americans across Ohio, Tessa led a movement to demand action from their elected officials. They sent the letter to the governor and public officials throughout the state of Ohio asking that they speak out against hate. Their advocacy and message worked. Since sharing the letter legislators introduced two new bills in the Ohio State House focused on combating anti-Asian racism and establishing an Ohio AAPI Affairs Commission. Tessa also believes that crucial to combating anti-Asian resentment and violence is centering joy. So, Tessa and OPAWL launched the #IWillEatWithYou campaign to encourage community care while showing solidarity with everyone impacted by anti-Asian racism during the pandemic.

Additional short form focused on the Asian American community will run on air or online, centering on individual people who are finding solutions to social justice issues, working to bring communities together, confronting difficult challenges and inspiring change. Some examples include:

Families That Fed America: The Nguyen Family

Chef Andrea Nguyen tells the story of her Vietnamese-American family that fled the Vietnam War and came to America, with only her mother’s little orange notebook filled with recipes – a family treasure that would become emblematic of their past, their journey to America, and their life as Americans.

The Spirit That Built America: Wong Tsu

Without Wong Tsu, Boeing would not be the success it is today. At the age of 12, he was picked to be in the Chinese naval academy and at 16 he was sent to England to study naval engineering. From there he graduated from MIT in 1916 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. That same year Boeing hired him as their first trained aeronautical engineer. Tsu played an integral role in designing Boeing’s first successful product, the Boeing Model C. This plane brought immediate financial success to Boeing and executives claim “the company might not have survived the early years to become the dominant world aircraft manufacturer” without Tsu’s efforts.

History Shorts: Chinese New Year in San Francisco

New Year’s celebrations in China are thousands of years old, but across the Pacific, the holiday took on a life of its own in the Bay Area.

Biography: M. Night Shyamalan

This big-time filmmaker has made his mark with movies about and filmed in his beloved Philadelphia – the city his family settled in because of its connection to the founding of American revolutionary history.

Biography: Awkwafina

The star actress, rapper and comedian found her way thanks to her grandmother and the New York City restaurant her family ran for decades.

Biography: Ken Jeong

Back in the 1990s, Ken Jeong was a physician who dabbled in comedy. After years of open mic nights, he won a stand-up competition. Even though comedy became his life, his medical training still comes in handy helping cast and crew on film sets.

Biography You Need To Know: Fazlur Rahman Khan

The Bangladeshi American civil engineer known for his innovations in high-rise building construction. He is regarded as the “father of tubular designs” for high-rise buildings, including what was the tallest building for 20+ years — the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Biography You Need To Know: Maya Lin

This American architect and sculptor is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, The HISTORY Channel will share educational resources across its social and digital platforms about the history and contributions of Asian Americans and the roots of Anti-Asian racism.

Lifetime’s social platforms during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be dedicated to highlighting Asian American women who have made a significant impact to our culture for their Fierce Female Fridays featurette . The women Lifetime will shine a spotlight on include war veteran and senator Tammy Duckworth (5/7), Chinese suffrage activist Dr. Mabel Lee (5/14), journalist Lisa Ling (5/21), and designer Monique Lhuillier (5/26).

Other Asian American women Lifetime has featured for Fierce Female Fridays include the first female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, sexual assault activist Amanda Nguyen, comedian and actress Awkwafina, the first Asian American congresswoman Patsy Mink and actress Sandra Oh.

Voices Magnified is part of a long-standing commitment by A+E Networks to social justice initiatives and empowering diverse storytellers, from the “Shining a Light” campaign focusing on race in America in the aftermath of the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, to “Divided States,” an in-depth documentary focusing on ending hate in America, and more.

Together, these company-wide efforts aim to address the rise in anti-Asian violence, provide resources to support organizations confronting these issues, and raise awareness about the history of AAPI communities to educate the public and mobilize change.

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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), HISTORY(R), 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 through Six West Media(TM); independent film unit A&E IndieFilms(R); watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD initiatives including Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault; and podcasts such as History This Week, through A+E Digital(R); Experiential/branded live events and Ecommerce through A+E Consumer Enterprises(R); and branded channels, content distribution and scripted/unscripted co-productions around the world through A+E International(R). A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 41 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.



Stephen A. Smith Partners with Propagate Content and Confluential Films





Stephen A. Smith Partners with Propagate Content and Confluential Films to Produce Black Excellence Documentary Series Directed by Codie Elaine Oliver That Will Celebrate & Highlight HBCUs
Smith is a proud HBCU alumnus who graduated from Winston Salem State University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in mass communication.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
Stephen A. Smith Partners with Propagate Content and Confluential Films to Produce Black Excellence Documentary Series directed by Codie Elaine Oliver that will celebrate & highlight HBCUs

LOS ANGELES – March 9, 2021 – Stephen A. Smith’s new production venture Mr. SAS Productions, which currently produces Stephen A’s World and co-produces Why Not Us? for ESPN+, has struck a deal for its next big project — a premium documentary series celebrating and highlighting the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in American Society. The series will be produced in partnership with Propagate, the production company behind Hulu’s Hillary, and Confluential Films, the production company behind Black Love on OWN.

HBCUs’ rich history and the spirit of Black excellence have quietly uplifted America in all facets of life. Their stories are a crucial part of American history that is rarely told. These institutions served as vessels for advancement and played a critical role in producing the growth of the American economy from Reconstruction to the turn of the century as they organized around educating and training a newly freed slave population. For many students, HBCUs were the only option as predominantly white institutions would not let them in. However, despite this legacy of 150 years, HBCUs are only just becoming a mainstay in the national conversation. Black Excellence will uncover the untold story of HBCUs’ undeniable impact across American politics, business, culture, sports and entertainment. With a mix of original interviews, archival footage and media, the series will look at the prominent figures such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams, Oprah, Spike Lee, Taraji P. Henson and many more who attended HBCUs. Depicting how their experiences at HBCUs shaped their careers, the series will spotlight moments in culture where these colleges set the tone from Beyonce’s Homecoming to Ohio State Football Marching Band presentations, and will highlight HBCUs representation in 2020’s historic elections. In addition, the series will examine the recent uptick in donations and attention on HBCUs from celebrities such as Michael B. Jordan, Deion Sanders, Chris Paul and MacKenzie Scott. Episodes will seek to explain why an increasing number of public figures have been compelled to make such powerful commitments and how their donations will impact these institutions.

For years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have suffered from the misperception as inferior institutions. The lasting effects of systemic oppression have left the colleges under-resourced. Yet the students educated at these schools have consistently found a way to persevere. Not only do they excel, they break barriers. The collective experience in an environment where students, teachers, faculty and administrators are all Black equips this often marginalized community with the feeling that nothing can keep them from achievement. As a result, these institutions serve as a source of pride to every person who has graced their halls, and even to Black people who did not attend HBCUs.

The series will explore why America does not value education, and in particular Black education, when it is vital to her life’s blood, and it will examine the legacy of Black excellence borne from these institutions even in the face of violence, adversity and disparity.

Stephen A. Smith is a proud HBCU alumnus who graduated from Winston Salem State University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in mass communication. For the past two years, Smith has served as Brand Ambassador for the HBCU Week Foundation and has promoted HBCUs on his ESPN show “First Take”. He has also hosted HBCU Week collegiate conferences that generated on-the-spot HBCU college registration for over 2000 students, who have been awarded more than 11 million dollars in scholarships.

“Black Excellence is not just some statement that’s thrown out and about. It has meaning. It has substance. Because it’s existed forever, yet has been denied or minimized time and time again. Under no circumstances is this more evident than when it pertains to HBCUs. Everywhere you turn — Athletics, Entertainment, Politics, Culture, Corporate America — there’s excellence oozing from the African-American community, despite the odds. And more often than not, there’s a connection to HBCUs along the way. Yet, somehow, we don’t hear enough about it. Quite Frankly, that needs to change,” said Smith in a statement to Deadline.

Smith continues, “It’s time to learn more intimately about HBCUs’ greatness. Their contribution to American greatness. The challenges and obstacles. The barriers HBCUs have knocked down, spanning more than a century. It is time the true, complete, story of HBCUs is told once and for all. As a proud HBCU graduate from Winston-Salem State University, I can’t wait to tell this story. And I’m honored to have both Propagate and Confluential Films partnering with me to tell the COMPLETE story of HBCUs once and for all. It’s about damn time!”

Stephen A. Smith is Founder of Mr. SAS Productions, serving as President and CEO. He launches the venture with the intention of becoming “a major player in the production space.” Rushion McDonald fills the office of Chief Operating Officer for the production company. The Black Excellence project marks Smith’s first original work outside of ESPN Networks.

Codie Elaine Oliver, who is a 3rd generation Howard University alumna, the co-creator and director of Black Love on OWN (currently in its 5th season) will helm Black Excellence in her first directorial effort beyond the critically acclaimed series. “Without HBCUs, I would not be who I am – which is a person whose grandmother attended Wiley College and grandfather attended Howard University, whose mother and father met at Howard University and became a lawyer and a doctor, respectively,” said Oliver in a statement. “I grew up with infinite opportunities thanks to my parents’ and grandparents’ HBCU education and there is nothing more deeply ingrained in me than the responsibility to celebrate and uplift the Black community. I am a 4th generation HBCU graduate and It’s an honor to be able to tell this story and put into perspective HBCUs’ contributions to all of American life.” She will also produce alongside her husband, filmmaker Tommy Oliver, via their company Confluential Films.

Propagate Founder and Co-CEO Howard T. Owens adds, “The story of HBCUs and the impact they’ve had on American society has never been told on a large scale. These institutions have played and continue to play a significant role in the economic health of American society. We are pleased to partner with Mr SAS Productions and Confluential Films to shine the proper spotlight on their legacy of Black excellence. It’s time we tell these important and compelling stories, and Stephen A and Codie, both prominent HBCU grads who exemplify Black excellence and influence culture, are the right voices to represent HBCUs. We can’t wait for the world to fall in love with this project and HBCUs the way we all have.”

In the first documentary series of its kind, Black Excellence will offer a compelling look at HBCUs through the eyes of their remarkable alumni that is at once entertaining, topical, complicated, informative, heartbreaking and inspiring.

Stephen A. Smith and Rushion McDonald are Executive Producers for Mr. SAS Productions. Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver are Executive Producers for Confluential Films. Brian Dobbins is Executive Producer for Artists First. Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens are Executive Producers with Valerie Idehen serving as Co-Executive Producer and development lead on the project for Propagate.

About Mr. SAS Productions

Founded by Stephen A. Smith, Mr. SAS Inc is a production company focused on developing various formats for film and tv, including game shows, talk shows, sitcoms, unscripted, scripted movies, and documentaries. Currently, Mr. SAS Productions. produces ESPN+’s “Stephen A’s World,” a topical studio based talk show and “Why Not Us,” a docuseries about North Carolina Central University, co-produced with Chris Paul and airing on The Undefeated on ESPN+.

About Confluential Films

Founded by Tommy Oliver, Confluential Films is a film & TV production company devoted to championing projects that are inclusive and celebrate our shared human experience with projects including the critically acclaimed HBO documentary “40 Years A Prisoner”, “Black Love” on OWN, and the upcoming films “The Perfect Find” starring Gabrielle Union and “Untitled NFL Story” starring Joel Kinneman. The company currently has projects set up at Netflix, Sony, CBS, HBO, Lionsgate, Peacock, and more, and is deeply committed to authentic storytelling.

About Propagate Content

Founded in 2015 by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, who pioneered the global format business in the late 1990s, Propagate has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Its recent credits include the Emmy-nominated “Hillary” that premiered at Sundance and Berlin and now streams on Hulu, the recently aired “Notre Dame: Our Lady of Paris” on ABC and “Go-Big Show” on TBS, and the upcoming American adaptation of The Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the unscripted “November 13: Attack on Paris” “Haunted” and “Prank Encounters” for Netflix, and “In Search Of” and “Kings of Pain” for the History Channel. In scripted, “Blood and Treasure” and “Broke” for CBS, “Charmed” for The CW, the recently aired election-themed puppet special on Fox, “Let’s Be Real” and the upcoming “Zorro” television series for NBC. Propagate also created and produced the podcast, “An Oral History of The Office” for Spotify, and “The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner” for iHeartMedia. Propagate’s expanding portfolio of companies includes Electus (“You vs. Wild”, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Fashion Star”), Big Breakfast (“Adam Ruins Everything”, “Hot Date”), Notional (“Chopped” franchise), and talent management firms Artists First, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Select Management.



A&E Network Greenlights Documentary Programming Events “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution”





A&E Network Greenlights Documentary Programming Events “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” (wt) and “Secret Origins of Hip Hop” Featuring Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T and More
Across four hours, “Right to Offend” explores black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the social constraints of their time and spoke truth to power.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A&E NETWORK GREENLIGHTS DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMING EVENTS “RIGHT TO OFFEND: THE BLACK COMEDY REVOLUTION” (WT) AND “SECRET ORIGINS OF HIP HOP” FEATURING BUSTA RHYMES, EVE, FAT JOE, GRANDMASTER FLASH, ICE-T AND MORE

TWO-PART EVENT “RIGHT TO OFFEND” TRACES THE HISTORY OF BLACK COMEDY AS A MEDIUM OF POWERFUL SOCIAL COMMENTARY

EIGHT-PART “SECRET ORIGINS OF HIP HOP” EXAMINES THE MOMENTS THAT SHAPED SOME OF THE GENRE’S MOST ICONIC STARS THROUGH THEIR OWN EYES

New York, NY (March 3, 2021) – A&E Network has greenlit two new documentary events – “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” (wt) and “Secret Origins of Hip Hop”- adding to the network’s robust slate of nonfiction storytelling. “Right to Offend” explores the evolution of black comedy and comedians who have used pointed humor to expose, challenge and ridicule society’s injustices and to articulate the black experience in America. From Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley during the civil rights movement, to Richard Pryor in the 70s, to groundbreaking modern-day comedians and creators like Chris Rock, Jaime Foxx and Lena Waithe, the documentary explores the rare position these people and many more hold in our society. “Secret Origins of Hip Hop” from Mass Appeal (“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men”, “Rapture”) follows some of hip hop’s biggest stars, including Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe Grandmaster Flash and Ice-T, as they share the stories and events that molded them into the artists they became. Collaborators, friends, family and the artists themselves will take viewers to where their stories began and trace the hidden moments that shaped their artistic points of view.

Across four hours, “Right to Offend” explores black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the social constraints of their time and spoke truth to power. Featuring interviews with some of the greatest comedy minds of all time as well as a rich collection of archival comedy 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.

In each one-hour episode, “Secret Origins of Hip Hop” delves into the inspiring origin story of one of hip hop’s iconic stars including hip hop veteran Busta Rhymes, rapper and actress Eve, one of the genre’s first Latino superstars Fat Joe, pioneer DJ Grandmaster Flash, cultural icon Ice-T and more. 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 with rare archival footage, interviews with the artists’ friends and families and the music they created that has helped define the genre. “Secret Origins of Hip Hop” is narrated by the renowned rapper Nas.

“Secret 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 and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E.

“Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” (wt) is produced by TIME Studios for A&E Network. Mario Diaz and Jessica Sherif are co-directors and executive producers. Ian Orefice serves as executive producer for Time Studios. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E.

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.

About TIME Studios

TIME Studios is the Emmy award-winning television and film division of TIME, the global media brand that reaches a combined audience of more than 100 million around the world. Built on the foundation of TIME’s award-winning visual journalism, which has earned over 55 major awards and nominations in the last seven years, as well as 577 million video streams across all platforms in 2019, Emmy-winning TIME Studios harnesses the access and authority of one of the world’s most trusted and respected brands to bring premium truth-based programming to television and film around the world, while continuing to push the boundaries of journalism and visual storytelling through new cutting-edge mediums including virtual reality and augmented reality.

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.



Lifetime and A&E Greenlight the Cross-Network Documentary Event “Janet”





Lifetime and A&E Greenlight the Cross-Network Documentary Event “Janet,” Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Music Icon Janet Jackson’s First Album
Producers Workerbee have been filming the incredible documentary for three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
LIFETIME AND A&E GREENLIGHT THE CROSS-NETWORK DOCUMENTARY EVENT “JANET,” CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MUSIC ICON JANET JACKSON’S FIRST ALBUM

UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS WITH NO SUBJECT OFF LIMITS

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2021) – Lifetime and A&E have greenlit a two-night, four-hour documentary event, JANET (working title), celebrating the 40th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s first album to simulcast on both Lifetime and A&E. With full unprecedented access to the music icon, JANET will be an intimate, honest and unfiltered look at her untold story. Producers Workerbee have been filming the incredible documentary for three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews. JANET will air in early 2022 on Lifetime and A&E, two of the flagship channels of the A+E Networks portfolio.

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s very first album, this will be the definitive story on Janet Jackson, one of the best-selling and highest-earning artists in music history. Janet has enjoyed immense success but also seen incredible tragedy. She has endured a tumultuous private life in the face of extraordinary public scrutiny. With no stone left unturned, JANET lifts the lid on her private life for the very first time and reveals the most intimate moments of the star ever caught on camera. The two-night, four-hour documentary event joins Janet as her family is going through another extremely difficult time, mourning the loss of her father Joseph, the pivotal figure in the Jackson dynasty. The documentary details Janet’s return to the world stage following a sudden break from music. Speaking like never before, Janet also discusses everything including her Superbowl appearance with Justin Timberlake in 2004, the death of her brother Michael and becoming a mother later in life. And with her own romantic relationship having broken down, she starts to look back at her own life and reflect on her fight to the top.

JANET is produced for Lifetime and A&E by Workerbee (a Banijay UK company) and AEC (Associated Entertainment Corporation) will be co-producers. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are executive producers on the project. Executive producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray. Ben Hirsch serves as director. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E networks.

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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.

About Lifetime

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

About Workerbee

Workerbee, part of Banijay UK, make a diverse range of non-scripted content for both UK and global channels and platforms. The company is the fastest growing UK indie outside of London. Recent successes include The Bridge (Channel 4/ HBO Max) and Bruno v Tyson, a feature length documentary for Sky Documentaries. Forthcoming productions include Idris Elba’s Fight School (BBC). Workerbee is run by Managing Director Rick Murray and Creative Director Michelle Chappell.



A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate





A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate, More Than 2500 Hours of New Programming, Including 70 Hours of Premium Docs, More Than 200 Movies
The company is touting more than 2500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021/2022, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate, More Than 2500 Hours of New Programming, Including 70 Hours of Premium Docs, More Than 200 Movies

2021-2022 Projects Feature Additional Talent, Artists and Luminaries including: Angela Basset, Janet Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurence Fishburne, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robin Roberts, Reba McEntire, Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Nelson, Rachael Ray, Lance Reddick, William Shatner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Russell Westbrook

And President Bill Clinton Series Now Set for 2022

CSR and DEI Continue to be a Focus of the Purpose Driven Portfolio of Brands – A&E(R), The HISTORY Channel(TM), and Lifetime(R)

NEW YORK (March 3, 2021) – Showcasing a slate of high-profile projects that span multiple platforms and genres, A+E Networks(R) highlighted its programming catalogue to be shared today at its virtual Upfront. The portfolio of brands that includes A&E, The HISTORY Channel(TM) and Lifetime(R) is the first network group to make its annual presentation to advertisers and does so on the heels of its recently announced shift to a Total Audience currency. The news was shared jointly by A+E Networks(R) Group President Paul Buccieri and Ad Sales President Peter Olsen.

The company is touting more than 2500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021/2022, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies. A+E Networks is the only cable group with all of its fully-distributed networks to rank in the Top 20 (among A25-54).

“Our brands have clear identities with a strong foundation of hit series. Across our entire portfolio and in a variety of genres, we continue to have an incredible roster of A-list, diverse talent in-front of and behind the camera,” said Buccieri. “Our ongoing efforts to launch and invest in best-in-class original programming for our linear properties, as well as further expanding our 360-experiences, demonstrates a deep commitment to being available wherever and however viewers want to be entertained, whether through high-performing podcasts, virtual experiences or digital multiplatform content.”

Slate and Talent Highlights in 2021-2022

2021-2022 features a range of talent and projects including the previously announced upcoming series with President Bill Clinton which is slated to launch in 2022 on The HISTORY Channel.

In 2021, A+E Networks has made a cross-company, cross-platform commitment to honor the fallen of the September 11 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to 9/11 first responders and survivors in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of these tragic events.

Additional upcoming and current projects showcase an exciting roster of A-List talent, including Janet Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurence Fishburne, Robin Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Basset, Tim Allen, Morgan Freeman, Russell Westbrook, Stanley Nelson, Rachael Ray, Lance Reddick, William Shatner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

New Programming Announcement Highlights By Brand

A+E Networks:

– Janet Jackson – A&E and Lifetime cross-network limited series event exploring her life and career

A&E:

– Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution (working title)

– Secret Origins of Hip Hop

The HISTORY Channel:

-Fight the Power: The Protests That Changed America

-That Built franchise – Titans That Built America airdate, with Toys That Built, Machines That Built and Engineering that Built all greenlit

Lifetime:

– Reba McEntire – Two Picture Deal – Christmas in Tune and a non-holiday title for 2022

A+E Networks Commitment to Total Audience

Today’s proliferation of content makes cutting through the clutter even more acute for advertisers, heightening the need for increased efficacy of brand messaging and targeting capabilities to engage key audiences. A+E Networks’ Ad Sales was the first to guarantee against business outcomes, and its Precision & Performance unit continues to help brands eliminate waste and achieve KPIs for clients.

“Our networks attract A-list talent and host premium content unrivaled in the marketplace,” said Olsen. “We continue to reach and engage ALL audiences in new ways that deliver results for our clients, even if that’s casting Colonel Sanders in a Lifetime Movie.” He continued, “We’re adjusting the conversation and the currency for today’s television landscape, guaranteeing against Adults 18+ to tap into the value and buying power of all audiences, including the underserved 55+ audience.”

A+E Networks Ongoing Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility; and Diversity and Inclusion

A+E Networks continues its Mission to Honor campaign which provides on-going support for veterans and military families and highlights their stories of service, including the ways veterans from non-profit partners such as Team Rubicon have helped communities throughout the pandemic. The HISTORY Channel has reignited its award-winning Save Our History initiative that helps preserve and showcase sites and stories, from projects featuring the Navajo Code Talkers to the Tuskegee Airmen to iconic restaurants like Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C.

“The last year has taught all of us much about the world and our place within it, as individuals and as content creators,” said Buccieri. “Across our entire portfolio we’re reinforcing our strong foundation and will continue using our platforms to elevate relevant, resonant and diverse voices; telling their stories, focused on reaching the widest possible audience. As an organization we have become even more dedicated to corporate social responsibility, proactively and positively activating our resources to impact communities everywhere. Given its importance, it is front-and-center within our presentation.”

Lifetime’s Broader Focus initiative exemplifies the company’s commitment to hiring and amplifying female creators at levels far above the industry average. Through robust initiatives such as Voices Magnified, A+E Networks champions the creation of content developed and produced by diverse voices, spotlighting the ways people are making change in communities to bring people together and help achieve social justice.

Finally, A+E Networks continues to prioritize partnerships that emphasize mentorship, education, and scholarship opportunities to develop and nurture a new generation of leaders and storytellers.

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(R), 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 through Six West Media(TM); independent film unit A&E IndieFilms(R); watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD initiatives including Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault; and podcasts such as History This Week, through A+E Digital(R); Experiential/branded live events and Ecommerce through A+E Consumer Enterprises(R); and branded channels, content distribution and scripted/unscripted co-productions around the world through A+E International(R). A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 41 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.



A&E’s “Intervention” & “Hoarders” Returns





A&E’s Emmy Award-Winning Docuseries “Intervention” Returns This March for a New Season Highlighting Addiction in Las Vegas Alongside an All-New Season of “Hoarders”
Debuting with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 15, “Intervention” continues to provide an unfiltered look at the devastation caused by addiction in a new season based in Nevada’s notorious Sin City.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E’S EMMY AWARD-WINNING DOCUSERIES “INTERVENTION” RETURNS THIS MARCH FOR A NEW SEASON HIGHLIGHTING ADDICTION IN LAS VEGAS ALONGSIDE AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “HOARDERS”

*Join the conversation – @aetv with #Intervention and #Hoarders*

New York, NY – February 24, 2021 – A&E announces the return of two of its critically-acclaimed series adding to the Network’s premium, non-fiction programming slate. Debuting with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 15 at 9pm ET/PT, “Intervention” continues to provide an unfiltered look at the devastation caused by addiction in a new season based in Nevada’s notorious Sin City. Returning for its 12th season on Monday, March 22 at 8pm ET/PT, “Hoarders” follows a team of experts as they tackle some of the nation’s most challenging hoards while giving viewers anin-depth look at the emotional stories of those dealing with compulsive hoarding behaviors.

Anchored in the country’s most infamous party town, the Emmy award-winning series “Intervention” returns for an all-new seven-episode season based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kicking off with a two-hour episode, the premiere features some of the most intense and dramatic drug addiction crises the series has ever seen. Over the course of the season, viewers will get an inside look at the devastating reality of addiction and how the nation’s ever-growing drug epidemic has triggered mass substance abuse for the residents of Las Vegas. Interventionists Ken Seeley, Michael Gonzales, Vance Johnson (former Denver Broncos player), Dave Marlon and Leticia Murphy work against the clock as they try to help these individuals beat their addictions and educate the public on what it takes to overcome substance abuse. The two-hour premiere airs on Monday, March 15 at 9pm ET/PT with regular episodes airing Mondays at 10pm ET/PT beginning on March 22.

Returning for its 12th season, “Hoarders” explores the world of extreme hoarding and provides an in-depth look at real-life stories of those directly affected by compulsive hoarding. Over the course of eight, 2-hour episodes, viewers are introduced to individuals from across the country as a team of experts try to help clean out their massive hoards and help to set these individuals up for future success. Psychologists Dr. Robin Zasio and Dr. David Tolin work in tandem to extreme clean up experts Matt Paxton, Cory Chalmers, Dorothy Breininger and new expert Brandon Bronaugh in an effort to help these families deal with a hoarding crisis of epic magnitude. New season premieres Monday, March 22 at 8pm ET/ PT.

“Intervention” is produced by GRB Studios for A&E Network with Gary R. Benz and Tucia Lyman serving as Executive Producers. Brad Holcman serving as an Executive Producer for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Intervention.”

“Hoarders” is produced by TLG Motion Pictures for A&E Network with Courtney LeMarco, Erik Bernard and George Butts serving as executive producers. Franklin Cumberbatch and Peter Tarshis serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Hoarders.”

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.



A&E and WWE(R) Give Fans the Ultimate Ringside Seat in New 10-Week Original Programming Partnership





A&E and WWE(R) Give Fans the Ultimate Ringside Seat in New 10-Week Original Programming Partnership Starting Sunday, April 18
Highlights include the new series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures,” which takes viewers on a journey to find some of WWE’s most iconic, lost memorabilia.
[via press release from A&E]
A&E AND WWE(R) GIVE FANS THE ULTIMATE RINGSIDE SEAT IN NEW 10-WEEK ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING PARTNERSHIP STARTING SUNDAY, APRIL 18

EIGHT TWO-HOUR BIOGRAPHY FILM SPECIALS REVEAL THE INTIMATE, PERSONAL STORIES BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF WWE’S MOST MEMORABLE LEGENDS

NEW SERIES “WWE’S MOST WANTED TREASURES” GOES ON THE HUNT FOR ICONIC WWE MEMORABILIA THAT HAS BEEN LOST FOR DECADES

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

New York, NY – February 23, 2021 – A&E Network and WWE Studios are giving fans an exclusive look behind the curtain in an all-new Sunday night programming partnership. With unprecedented access to WWE’s archive, the ten-week programming block features eight original two-hour documentaries under the award-winning “Biography” banner showcasing the stories behind some of the most memorable WWE Superstars of all time including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin(R),”Macho Man” Randy Savage(R), “Rowdy” Roddy Piper(TM), Booker T(R), Shawn Michaels(R), Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Ultimate Warrior. The new “Biography” specials are helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers to chronicle the success of these WWE Legends and their lasting mark on both sports entertainment and popular culture. Each special will air weekly at 8pm ET/PT beginning Sunday, April 18.

Following at 10pm ET/PT, the brand-new series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures,” led by WWE’s Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque launches a hunt for some of WWE’s most iconic missing memorabilia including Kane’s original mask, Ric Flair’s Butterfly Robe, Andy Kaufman’s neckbrace, Andre The Giant’s passport and more. In order to find these quintessential relics, the team will join forces with WWE Legends including Undertaker, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Booker T and more to bring these items home to the WWE Archives.

“For more than two decades, ‘Biography’ has been the home for premium non-fiction storytelling and we are excited to expand upon that with this all-encompassing partnership with WWE,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “This one-of-a-kind collaboration gives viewers the ultimate ringside seat as we chronicle the journeys of these cultural icons and the memorabilia that follows.”

“We are thrilled to unveil the stories behind some of the greatest Legends and moments in WWE history,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “Together with A&E, we’ve created an incredible slate of programming steeped in nostalgia that will inspire and entertain audiences worldwide.”

Biography Lineup – Premieres Sunday, April 18 at 8pm ET/PT

“Biography: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin” – Directed by Jake Rogal and Executive Produced by Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film traces the story of the man who became WWE’s biggest star in the 90s. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s authentic, fiery personality epitomized WWE’s “Attitude Era” and transformed him into a pop culture icon. After nearly being paralyzed by a neck injury, Austin made one of the greatest comebacks in WWE history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Biography: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper” – Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Joe Lavine (ESPN 30 for 30 “Playing for the Mob,” HBO “Namath”), this film focuses on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who is universally considered one of WWE’s greatest villains. During his Hall of Fame career, he played the role of the antagonist against a who’s who of WWE greats, while amassing more than 30 championships.

“Biography: “Macho Man” Randy Savage” – Produced by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman (“Cocaine Cowboys,” “Screwball,” ESPN 30 for 30 “The U”), this film will tell the larger-than-life story of one of the most colorful and charismatic Superstars to ever step foot inside the ring. With two WWE Championships, four WCW(R) World Championships and a 14-month reign as Intercontinental Champion, Savage became known for his famous catch phrases, larger-than-life personality and the enormous, flashy robes he wore into the ring.

“Biography: Booker T” – Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner George Roy (“The Curse of the Bambino”, “Mayweather”), this film showcases one of the greatest Superstars in sports entertainment history. Booker T is an 11-time WCW Tag Team Champion, a six-time World Champion, winner of the 2006 King of the Ring Tournament, and a two-time (2013 and 2019) inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. In addition to his Hall of Fame career in the ring, Booker T also went on to become a color commentator for WWE’s weekly programming.

“Biography: Shawn Michaels” – Directed by Joe Lavine (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, ESPN 30 for 30 “Playing for the Mob,” HBO “Namath”), this film chronicles the wild life of one of WWE’s greatest performers and most enduring villains. After drug addiction nearly cost him his life, Shawn Michaels, aka “The Heartbreak Kid,” made one of the most improbable late-career comebacks in WWE history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Biography: Ultimate Warrior” – Directed by Daniel Amigone (“24/7 Red Wings: Maple Leafs – Road to the Winter Classic,” “Chain of Command,” “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”) and Executive Produced by Jake Rogal and Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film shares the story of Ultimate Warrior, a WWE Hall of Famer who inspired an entire generation of fans living by his mantra of “always believe.” With his colorful face paint and equally colorful interviews, Ultimate Warrior is perhaps best remembered for defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become both the WWE Champion and the Intercontinental Champion.

“Biography: Mick Foley” – Directed by Thomas Odelfelt (24/7 “Mayweather-Marquez,” 24/7 “Penguins-Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” HBO “Courtside At The NBA Finals”) and Executive Produced by Jake Rogal and Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film follows the unique, multifaceted career of Mick Foley, a 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductee better known as “Mankind.” A fan favorite during WWE’s “Attitude Era,” Foley shocked audiences in 1998 during a career defining match as he was thrown off the top of the Hell in a Cell by Undertaker.

“Biography: Bret “Hitman” Hart” – Directed by George Roy (“Booker T,” “The Curse of the Bambino,” “Mayweather,” HBO “Mantle”), this film tells the story of Bret Hart, one of the greatest technical athletes in WWE history, earning him nicknames “The Hit Man” and “The Excellence of Execution.” Throughout his storied career, the five-time WWE title holder famously defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and Yokozuna, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

The WWE “Biography” documentaries are produced by WWE Studios for A&E Network. Executive producers for WWE Studios are Kevin Dunn, Chris Kaiser, Susan Levison, and Richard Lowell. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.

“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” – Premieres Sunday, April 18 at 10pm ET/PT

“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” takes viewers on a journey to find some of WWE’s most iconic, lost memorabilia. In each of the nine episodes, WWE’s Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque lead a team of collectors, WWE Superstars and Legends as they investigate, negotiate, bid and travel across the country to hunt down and reclaim some of the most elusive WWE collectibles. Throughout history, WWE’s action-packed storylines have spawned iconic, one-of-a-kind memorabilia, most of which have gone missing. Superstar in training, AJ Francis will head out on the road alongside some of the most famous WWE Legends of all time including The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair, Mick Foley, Kane, Big Show, Mark Henry, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Sgt. Slaughter. The series will unearth these rare items in the hopes of preserving and sharing the legacy behind the memorable moments in WWE history.

“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” is produced by WWE Studios for A&E Network with Susan Levison, Ben Zierten, David Carr, Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Dolores Gavin and Jonathan Partridge serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures.”

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. Extensive on-air and branded digital content, including short form, will roll-out on all platforms, including Biography.com, the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

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.

About WWE Studios

Headquartered in Los Angeles, WWE Studios is WWE’s multi-platform content division that develops and produces scripted and non-scripted series, documentaries and feature films. More than 50 films and series have been released to date by WWE Studios, including partnerships with Netflix, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, MGM, and Paramount, among others. Upcoming premieres include new non-scripted series WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, along with eight documentaries showcasing some of the most iconic WWE Superstars of all time, under the award-winning Biography banner, both on A&E as part of an expanded partnership with A&E Networks. Additionally, WWE Studios has teamed up with Paramount Animation for the upcoming animated feature film, Rumble. Recent WWE Studios premieres include: The Big Show Show, a live-action comedy series for Netflix; The Main Event, a feature film for Netflix; and Fight Like A Girl, a non-scripted series for Quibi. WWE Studios is also behind hit shows Total Bellas on E! and Miz & Mrs on USA Network, as well as Andre the Giant, an Emmy-nominated documentary in partnership with HBO.