A&E Australia set to launch next month

A&E Network debuts on Australia's Foxtel on February 16, with Australian premieres of Storage Wars (pictured) and Pawn Stars airing alongside original specials such as MegaTruckers.
January 5, 2012

A&E Network is set to launch on Australia’s Foxtel on February 16, with a schedule that will feature Storage Wars (pictured) and Pawn Stars airing alongside original specials such as MegaTruckers.

The network will join fellow A+E Networks channels History, Crime & Investigation Network and BIO on the carrier.

Australia’s A&E will air the Australian premieres of Storage Wars, Storage Wars Texas, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Billy the Exterminator, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers, and will also offer local content.

Cordell Jigsaw, the prodco behind Bondi Rescue, has been commissioned to produce a one-hour special, MegaTruckers. The one-off follows Heavy Haulage Australia founder Jon Kelly and his drivers as they haul some of the world’s heaviest loads across the Australian terrain. The special will be included in A&E Australia’s launch schedule and will be developed into a series premiering later in 2012.

“A&E is a leading television brand in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, with proven content that performs well worldwide,” said Sean Cohan, senior vice president, international, A+E Networks. “I am confident the channel will meet with great success in Australia.”

“A&E will be the one stop destination for heart-stopping unscripted, authentic and real entertainment series combined to create an intense, immediate and inspiring environment that is relevant to its audience,” added Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh.

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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 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.