Dirk Hoogstra has been elevated to executive vice president, development and programming, for History and H2.
He had previously served as senior vice president, development and programming for the U.S. cable nets since 2010.
In his new role, he will continue to report to Nancy Dubuc, president of entertainment and media at A+E Networks, and oversee the networks’ programming teams, while also managing the development, creation and execution of all programming for History and H2.
He is also tasked with integrating new content with online initiatives, and developing new ways to expand the brand across multi-platform.
Hoogstra was an executive producer on the network’s first scripted miniseries, the record-breaking Hatfields & McCoys, and has also overseen series and specials including American Pickers, Top Gear, Men Who Built America, and the upcoming Vikings series and the Mark Burnett-produced docudrama The Bible – both premiering this Sunday.
Prior to joining History, Hoogstra was at Discovery Channel as development producer, served as head of development for Brainbox Productions, and spent seven years working in production and development at TLC, Discovery Primetime and Discovery Networks International.
“Dirk is one of the fastest rising stars in the business,” said Dubuc in a statement. “Creative and entrepreneurial, he has built one of the best programming teams in the business and his deep relationships with the creative community have helped catapult History into the top echelons in the industry. And, in just 18 months, he has transformed H2 into the number one emerging entertainment network.”