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A+E Networks, Verizon expand carriage partnership

A+E Networks has expanded its partnership with multinational telecommunications conglomerate Verizon that will see the two corporations collaborating on content across digital and linear properties. Under the deal, Verizon will distribute ...
January 3, 2018

A+E Networks has expanded its partnership with multinational telecommunications conglomerate Verizon that will see the two corporations collaborating on content across digital and linear properties.

Under the deal, Verizon will distribute select scripted and unscripted content from A+E across its family of digital media properties including AOL and Yahoo, reaching more than five-million subscribers.

Verizon Fios customers will also be able to watch thousands of hours of content from the A&E, Lifetime, History and Viceland libraries to mobile viewers, including unscriped hits Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Live PD (pictured), Project Runway, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia and Desus & Mero. Other select A+E content will also be available on Verizon’s free-to-watch brands, while content made available to YouTube, Facebook and other VOD properties will also be available via Verizon’s Oath.

In addition to the carriage renewal for A+E Networks on Verizon’s bundled FiOS service, the partnership will include first-look digital and mobile programming from A+E Networks’ digital shop 45th & Dean. The digital storytelling entity will craft original short- and medium-form content tailored to women and other specific audience segments. The studio currently produces such digital series as Second Chance and Bae or Bail.

“We’re excited to offer fans of A+E Networks more access than ever across Verizon’s Fios footprint and now, across our family of digital media properties,” said Brian Angiolet, SVP, global chief media and content officer at Verizon, in a statement. “This partnership expansion is yet another example of how we’re fueling our new Oath media brands and becoming the first screen for premium content across genres. With the addition of National Women’s Soccer League games on brands like Yahoo Sports, we’re continuing to add to our robust sports offering for fans.”

“We are thrilled to continue with our strong relationship with Verizon Fios, and excited about this broader content relationship that we have in place with Verizon and Oath,” added David Zagin, president of distribution at A+E Networks.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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