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Lifetime coming to AETN family?

Broadcasting & Cable has reported that Disney-ABC Television, NBC Universal and the Hearst Corp., joint owners of A&E Television Networks (AETN), are looking at adding female-skewing cable net Lifetime to the AETN family. AETN includes under its umbrella History, Bio and the flagship A&E channel, with Hearst and Disney-ABC owning 37.5% each, and NBC Universal owning the remaining 25%. Interestingly, Lifetime, a 50-50 JV between Disney and Hearst, is now home to the hit Project Runway, which left NBC Universal-owned Bravo last year in a hotly-contested legal battle. A source in the story says a deal could be completed within the month.
June 4, 2009

Broadcasting & Cable has reported that Disney-ABC Television, NBC Universal and the Hearst Corp., joint owners of A&E Networks, are looking at adding female-skewing cable net Lifetime to the A&E family. A&E Networks includes under its umbrella History, Bio and the flagship A&E channel, with Hearst and Disney-ABC owning 37.5% each, and NBC Universal owning the remaining 25%. Interestingly, Lifetime, a 50-50 JV between Disney and Hearst, is now home to the hit Project Runway, which left NBC Universal-owned Bravo last year in a hotly-contested legal battle. A source in the story says a deal could be completed within the month.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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