Three months after president and CEO Nancy Dubuc left the company for Vice Media, A+E Networks has settled on her successor. The company has tapped Paul Buccieri as president of A+E Networks Group.
Buccieri, who has been president of the company’s in-house A+E Studios since 2016, had been a frontrunner for the job since Dubuc announced her exit in March.
He’ll oversee a company that includes A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, Viceland, A+E Studios, History en Español, Crime + Investigation Network, Military History, Lifetime Real Women, A&E IndieFilms and A+E Networks International. The company is jointly owned by Hearst and Disney.
In a joint statement, Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst, and Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television, said, “Paul’s successful track record running A+E Studios and overseeing programming at the portfolio of brands, combined with his experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, will further propel A+E Networks’ momentum. He’s a proven leader, strong collaborator and skilled programmer with an eye for identifying trends in the very competitive content marketplace. As we make this announcement, we also thank A+E Acting Chairman Abbe Raven for her leadership during the transition and her assistance in identifying Paul as the network’s next leader. Abbe will remain in her role at least through year-end.”
Added Buccieri in a statement of his own, “I could not be prouder of A+E’s powerful brands, strong partnerships and, most importantly, the talented people I get to work with every day. We look forward to expanding on our solid foundation of creativity.”
Buccieri joined A+E Networks in 2015 as president of A&E and History. He was previously chairman of ITV Studios U.S. Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment for U.K. media company ITV.
In March, just three days ahead of its upfront presentation, A+E Networks announced that Nancy Dubuc would be leaving the company in April, and moving to Vice Media, where she replaced Shane Smith as its CEO. That news came one month after Dubuc had been a finalist for the Amazon Studios chief position that ultimately went to Jennifer Salke.
As the company searched for her replacement, Abbe Raven, A+E’s chairman emeritus and former CEO, who retired in 2015, returned as acting chair to oversee the transition.
Sources told Adweek at the time of Dubuc’s exit that Buccieri and David “Digger” Granville-Smith, the company’s COO and CFO, were the most likely candidates to replace her.