Buccieri, previously president of A&E Network and History, has had a fast rise through the A+E management ranks since joining in January 2015. With the promotion, he oversees the cable group’s growing studio arm and is tasked with “leveraging synergies” across the A+E portfolio that includes the A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and FYI channels. Buccieri takes over studio responsibilities from Bob DeBitetto, who is stepping down at year’s end after 14 years with the company.
Buccieri was a natural choice for the role given his experience running ITV Studios’ U.S. Group. He continues to report to A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc.
“The growth of A+E Studios is a major priority for us, as content ownership and capabilities are vital for our future growth,” said Dubuc. “With his wealth of experience successfully running ITV and the extraordinary business acumen he has displayed during his tenure at A+E, I am confident Paul will lead the team to new heights and drive strong results.”
A+E Studios was formed in 2013 in an effort to better serve the company’s core cablers with original programming, particularly scripted series. The division under the direction of DeBitetto and exec VP Barry Jossen has ramped up a host of projects in a short time, including the Lifetime drama “Unreal” and the History miniseries “Roots.” Two big priorities for next year are dramas for History: “Six,” about Navy SEALS, and “Knightfall,” set at the time of the Crusades.
“Nancy has laid out an ambitious vision and growth plan for A+E Studios and I am grateful to her for trusting me to execute it,” said Buccieri. “I look forward to following in Bob’s esteemed footsteps and partnering with Barry Jossen and the entire studios’ team on building upon the extraordinary work they have already done.”
Buccieri was with ITV for seven years before joining A+E. Before that, he worked as a programming exec at Fox’s Twentieth Television and as a producer for Endemol USA.