A&E vet Robert DiBitetto to run new in-house production arm
On the heels of being upped to CEO and prez of A+E Networks, Nancy Dubuc has restructured the exec ranks of the A+E cabler portfolio, and announced the inception of in-house shingle A+E Studios, which will be run by Robert DiBitetto.
A+E Studios will create content across A+E Networks slate of cable nets, including History, A&E, Lifetime and Bio. DeBitetto, who was previously prez and g.m. of A&E and Bio, will oversee cross network brand strategy for the parent company in addition to his duties at the in-house studio.
On the programming and development side, a trio of execs have been promoted to exec veep and g.m. of their respective nets: Dirk Hoogstra of History and H2, David McKillop of A&E, and Robert Sharenow of Lifetime.
“I have had the honor to work with Bob, David, Rob and Dirk for many years, and am thrilled that we are continuing this journey together,” said Dubac. “I am also thrilled that Bob will be overseeing A+E Studios — leading the charge for original content, working with evolving models and shaping the future of our company across all platforms.”
A+E Networks has also hired Jana Bennett to run Bio and Lifetime Movie Network. Bennett joins the company from BBC worldwide networks, where she served as prez. The exec has also been exec veep and general manager of TLC and Discovery Pictures, launching series including “Trading Spaces” and “What Not to Wear.”
“Jana is an experienced industry veteran who knows how to build and grow brands and create long-running franchises,” Dubuc said.
(Pictured above, from left: David McKillop, Jana Bennett, Nancy Dubuc, Robert Sharenow, Robert DeBitetto and Dirk Hoogstra.)