×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MipTV: A+E Studios’ Chief Paul Buccieri on Reality Shows That Bite

Paul Buccieri, who joined A+E Networks two and a half years ago as president of A+E Studios and A+E Portfolio Group, is placing his faith in relationship-based formats.

Speaking on stage on Saturday at MipFormats — a companion show to MipTV – in Cannes, France, he explained how the network was rolling out its formats around the world.

“We produce, across our brands, 1,300 hours of content and of that about a third are formats,” he said. “So it was time for us to take those shows, take all that data we have, and… really get out there and sell those shows around the world.”

Buccieri explained that the fact that A+E is both a network and also co-develops and co-produces many of its shows gives it a competitive advantage in the global market.

Although A+E produces a wide range of formats, including some shiny-floor shows — game shows, for example — it is focusing on a different type of format, often centering on relationship issues.

“Our sweet-spot is these more authentic — sometimes a little gritty — shows. Everyone says they are new and fresh, but they are only new and fresh against the landscape of the shiny-floor shows,” he said.

“They hark back to the [documentary]. We put the framework in there, but once we are in that environment we let the characters and the people we cast take us in a lot of unexpected directions,” he said.

He added that such shows are well-suited to being adapted in a wide-range of international markets. “Depending on the market and on the show, you can scale down to a market so they work on their price points or you can blow it up. There is a lot of flexibility in that, that a big shiny-floor show doesn’t have,” he said.

One such series is “A Question of Love,” a new show that follows a couple after they decide to move in together. “It has a lot of the bite, the intensity, the unexpectedness of those shows,” he says.

More TV

  • Krishnendu Majumdar (Chair, BAFTA Television Committee)This

    Emmy-Winning Producer Krishnendu Majumdar to Become Next Chair of BAFTA (EXCLUSIVE)

    Emmy-winning TV producer Krishnendu Majumdar is set to become the next chairman of BAFTA and the first person of color to occupy the prestigious post. Majumdar will begin his two-year tenure in 2020 after the term of the current chair, Pippa Harris, ends. Majumdar has first taken up the post of deputy chair, an appointment [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Writers Guild Rejects ATA Offer, Seeks Individual Talks With 9 Top Agencies

    The Writers Guild of America has called off negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents in favor of pursuing individual talks with nine top agencies as it enforces a total ban on packaging fees and affiliated production for agents representing guild members. WGA West president David Goodman announced the guild’s decision to reject the ATA’s [...]

  • cap 08 cena 31 - Bastidor

    Globoplay’s ‘Aruanas’ Amazon Rainforest Series Bows in 150 Countries

    Globoplay, the streaming platform of Brazilian media giant Globo, is set to bow one of its most ambitious fictional series to date, “Aruanas” (“Sentinels of Nature”). The new series premieres worldwide July 2 on Vimeo-powered platform araunas.tv in more than 150 countries with subtitles in 11 languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Turkish [...]

  • Spain Mediapro Studio Lola Flores Bioseries

    Spain's The Mediapro Studio Develops Bioseries on Flamenco Matriarch Lola Flores

    Spain’s The Mediapro Studio, the recently-launched content production-distribution giant, has teamed with Argentine-based company Non Stop TV to develop a bioseries on Lola Flores, the Spanish flamenco matriarch. The project is backed by The Flores Family, with Lolita and Rosario Flores, Lola Flores daughters, attached as executive producers, alongside Mariola Orellana. The series will recreate [...]

  • Mark-Paul GosselaarFOX 'The Passage' TV show

    'Mixed-ish' at ABC Adds Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Recasting

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar has boarded the upcoming ABC comedy “Mixed-ish.” “Mixed-ish,” a spinoff of “Black-ish,” focuses on the experience of Tracee Ellis Ross’s character, Rainbow Johnson, growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s. Gosselaar will play the role of Bow’s father, taking over from Anders Holm, who played the role in the original pilot. [...]

  • Greg Berlanti

    Greg Berlanti on Why Movies Are Lagging Behind TV in LGBTQ Representation

    Greg Berlanti is television’s most prolific producer. With a record-breaking 18 series from his production company greenlit for the 2019-2020 season, the openly gay Berlanti is using his power to ensure the LGBTQ community is reflected on the small screen — both in front of and behind the camera. From casting the first transgender superhero [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content