Nancy Dubuc, president and chief executive officer of A+E Networks, will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards’ Hall of Fame this June as the first-ever recipient of the Television Trailblazer award.
The ceremony, taking place in Santa Monica in June 4 as part of the Realscreen West market and conference, will honor Dubuc for her long-standing commitment to innovation in unscripted programming, and her considerable impact on the genre and on television itself.
“From the moment we conceived of the idea to recognize a network executive within the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame through the Television Trailblazer award, Nancy was our clear choice as the first inductee,” noted Claire Macdonald, VP and publisher, realscreen. “Under her leadership from 2007-2012, History experienced unparalleled viewership growth, with unscripted fare at its core. Now with the entire A+E Networks portfolio within her purview, her influence on the quality and volume of global unscripted entertainment is even greater.”
Dubuc became A+E’s third CEO in the company’s nearly 30-year history in June of 2013. She was formerly president, entertainment and media, A+E Networks, which gave her responsibility for all content creation, brand development and marketing for the entire A+E Networks’ portfolio including A&E Network, Lifetime, History and their affiliated brands. In addition, she oversaw A+E Networks’ international and digital divisions. She was previously president and general manager of History and Lifetime Networks.
Under Nancy’s stewardship, the A+E Networks’ portfolio has among the top entertainment brands reaching men, women and adults. The company is now in over 330 million households in more than 160 countries and across a multitude of platforms.
Today, A+E Networks has the most hits in all of cable, with 14 series averaging over one million in key demos – including the top three new non-fiction series on cable this year. On the digital front, in 2013 A+E Networks reached nearly one billion video views of its content on digital platforms, and the company continues to deliver over 70 million highly engaged fans in the social space.
In addition to Dubuc receiving the inaugural Television Trailblazer honor, designed to recognize broadcast executives who have had incredible influence in the unscripted and non-fiction genres, other Hall of Fame inductees for this year’s Realscreen Awards will include All3Media America chairman and Studio Lambert head Stephen Lambert and Nik Wallenda, star of 2013′s Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda.
The Realscreen Awards take place on Wednesday, June 4, at the Loews in Santa Monica. For more information, visit awards.realscreen.com.