A+E Networks inks distribution deal with Pulse Films

Under the multi-year pact, A+E will globally distribute East Entertainment and Pulse's formats and unscripted TV content. (Pictured: When Björk Met Attenborough)
May 4, 2016

A+E Networks has signed an international distribution deal with producer Pulse Films and its formats company East Entertainment.

Under the multi-year pact, the A&E and History parent will globally distribute East Entertainment and Pulse’s formats and unscripted TV content.

In March, Vice Media acquired a majority stake in the London-headquartered indie but the shop continues to operate independently.

Pulse’s unscripted division is led by Roy Ackerman and Emma Cooper, while Nathan Eastwood heads up East Entertainment.

In a joint statement Ackerman and Eastwood said Pulse is starting to focus on producing non-fiction programming akin to the “scripted shows we have all been binge-watching over the last few years – contemporary documentary, formats and blockbuster factual series.”

The pair joined the studio last year as part of a strategy to ramp up unscripted production across TV, film and digital. Ackerman joined as managing director from Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions and creative director Cooper was previously a doc commissioner at Channel 4.

Pulse, which is led by co-CEOS and founders Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford, also hired NBCUniversal and Warner Music International exec Patrick Vien as president and launched East Entertainment with The Cube and Bad Robots creator Eastwood at the helm.

The company’s recent credits include feature docs All These Sleepless Nights, The Reflektor Tapes and 20,000 Days on Earth, and TV programs The Cruise Ship (ITV), When Björk Met Attenborough (pictured, Channel 4) and Sleeping With The Family (MTV UK).

“Their team’s modern approach to storytelling and entertainment is globally renowned for its style and edge,” said Amanda Hill, A+E’s chief creative officer, international, in a statement. “Establishing A+E Networks as the distribution partner for Pulse and East helps fulfill our ambition of providing provocative, award-winning content throughout our global network, including our channels and sales partners around the world.”

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