Paul Buccieri is exiting his post as head of ITV Studios U.S. to join A+E Networks in a new role overseeing A&E Network and History.

Buccieri was courted for the post by A+E Networks prexy-CEO Nancy Dubuc. A&E chief David McKillop and History head Dirk Hoogstra will report to Buccieri. Buccieri will move to A+E early next year and be based in New York.

“Paul is one of those unique executives who brings both strong leadership skills and business acumen to the creative process,” said  Dubuc. “He is also a brilliant strategist. As the media landscape continues to evolve, Paul will be looking at the future of our powerful brands with a macro vision.”

Buccieri had been with ITV Studios U.S. since 2007. He spearheaded the company’s growth and acquisitions of several indie reality production outfits, including Gurney Prods., High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media and Leftfield Entertainment. His move to A+E Networks comes as a surprise to many. It’s a sign that Dubuc was looking to strengthen her senior management team as A+E Networks prepares for the retirement of Abbe Raven as chairman in February.

Like Dubuc, Buccieri comes from a background as a producer. The two got to know each other while working together on ITV projects for A+E Networks channels including A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and History’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys.”

“Nancy is a dynamic and inspiring leader who has built an exemplary management team at A+E Networks. With a combination of this team and a portfolio of incredibly strong brands, we will continue to attract the best creative talent,” Buccieri said.

Here’s the memo Dubuc sent to A+E staffers:

Good Morning,

I have some exciting news to share.

We will be announcing today that Paul Buccieri has been appointed President, A&E and HISTORY, effective early next year. Paul is one of the industry’s leading television executives with extensive experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, both in scripted and non-scripted programming across a wide range of genres. He has a proven track record of driving forward both creative and commercial growth and implementing innovative business models. He will be reporting to me.

Many of our programmers have had a longstanding successful professional relationship with Paul, and I am truly excited he is joining the A+E Networks team. Paul is one of those unique executives who brings both strong leadership skills and business acumen to the creative process. As the media landscape continues to evolve, Paul will be looking at our powerful brands with a macro vision. David McKillop and Dirk Hoogstra and their teams will report to Paul.

Prior to this appointment, Paul served as Chairman, ITV Studios U.S. Group & ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the UK media company ITV. At ITV, he was responsible for overseeing one of the largest independent content producers in the U.S. and he also led their international television distribution and consumer products business.

The ITV Studios U.S. Group is comprised of ITV Studios’ successful flagship U.S. production company, ITV Studios America, and the acquired businesses of Gurney Productions (Duck Dynasty), High Noon Entertainment (Cake Boss), Thinkfactory Media (Hatfields & McCoys), DiGa Vision (Teen Wolf) and Leftfield Entertainment, which is made up of Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment. The Group also includes Tomorrow Studios, which is a scripted joint venture studio between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.

Prior to joining ITV, Paul was President of Programming, Production and Development at Fox Twentieth Television. Before that, he was an Executive Producer at Endemol, USA.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to the A+E Networks family.