One day after after making public the departure of Bob DeBitetto from his leadership role at A+E Networks, the broadcaster had more big news to unveil: Paul Buccieri has been promoted to president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group.
In his new role, Buccieri will be responsible for A+E Studios and for leveraging the synergies across brands, including A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN. He was previously president of A&E and History, overseeing content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for the two channels.
Buccieri holds extensive experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, both in scripted and non-scripted programming across a wide range of genres.
Before joining A+E, he served as chair of ITV Studios US Group and Global Entertainment at ITV Studios. The U.S. group is comprised of ITV Studios’ successful flagship U.S. production company, ITV Studios America, and the acquired businesses of Gurney Productions (Duck Dynasty), High Noon Entertainment (Cake Boss), Thinkfactory Media (Hatfields & McCoys), DiGa Vision (Teen Wolf) and Leftfield Entertainment, which is made up of Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment.
He also led ITV’s international television distribution and consumer products business.
“The growth of A+E Studios is a major priority for us as content ownership and capabilities are vital for our future growth,” said president and CEO of A+E Networks Nancy Dubuc, to whom Buccieri will report.
“With his wealth of experience successfully running ITV and the extraordinary business acumen he has displayed during his tenure at A+E, I am confident Paul will lead the team to new heights and drive strong results,” Dubuc added in a statement.
Noting the contributions of DeBitetto, who spent 14 years with the media co., Buccieri described his new role as “building upon the extraordinary work” that has already been done.
“Nancy has laid out an ambitious vision and growth plan for A+E Studios and I am grateful to her for trusting me to execute it,” he said.
Prior to joining ITV, Buccieri was president of programming, production and development at Fox Twentieth Television. Before that, he was an executive producer at Endemol USA.
DeBitetto announced his departure from the top job at A+E Studios Oct. 3 after 14 years with the company.