Net pacts with HBO for 'America'

HOLLYWOOD — A&E Network has sealed a pact with HBO to pick up a wide-ranging collection of entries in the pay cabler’s “America Undercover” documentary series.

A total of 17 editions of “America Undercover” will air on A&E, under the banner “A&E Special Presentations.” Docs include “Skinheads USA: Soldiers of the Race War,” about Alabama skinheads, and “Asylum,” about an institution for the criminally insane.

Bob DeBitetto, exec VP and general manager at A&E, said the “high-quality, award-winning documentaries (would) compliment our strong slate of A&E original documentary productions.”

“These shows will play as premieres to the two-thirds of A&E subscribers who do not currently have HBO,” he said.

Other docs on the roster include a trio of entries about mass murderer Richard Kuklinski (also known as the Iceman); “The Execution of Wanda Jean,” about a woman executed in Oklahoma; and “Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story,” about a powerful New York gang.

“Broken Child,” “Confronting Evil” and “Teen Killers: A Second Chance?” are also on the list.

A&E’s relationship with HBO also includes the off-net rights to “The Sopranos.”

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