Buccieri will report to the A+E Networks Group’s board of directors and takes up the post after having served as president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group since 2016. In that role, Buccieri was responsible for all aspects of A+E Studios and the A+E Networks brand portfolio.
During his tenure with A+E, Buccieri bolstered the strength of the A+E Networks Portfolio Group by entrenching both A&E and History as top 10 networks, and charted a new strategic course for Lifetime. He was also responsible for all aspects of A+E Studios.
Following Dubuc’s departure in March to join Vice Media as CEO, long-time executive Abbe Raven returned to the A+E fold as acting chair to oversee the company’s transition and to lead the executive search for Dubuc’s replacement. Raven will now remain in her role through the end of the year.
“Paul’s successful track record running A+E Studios and overseeing programming at the portfolio of brands, combined with his experience in worldwide production, distribution, syndication and digital, will further propel A+E Networks’ momentum,” said Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst, and Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney|ABC Television, in a joint statement. “He’s a proven leader, strong collaborator and skilled programmer with an eye for identifying trends in the very competitive content marketplace.
“As we make this announcement, we also thank A+E Acting chairman Abbe Raven for her leadership during the transition and her assistance in identifying Paul as the network’s next leader.”
Buccieri joined A+E Networks in 2015 as president, A&E and HISTORY, overseeing all content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for A&E and HISTORY, and their affiliated brands.
Buccieri joined A+E Networks in 2015 as president of A&E and History, and was responsible for overseeing all content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for the two networks and their affiliated brands.
Before joining A+E Networks, Buccieri served as chairman for ITV Studios U.S. Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the UK media company ITV. He also led ITV’s international television distribution and consumer products business. Prior to joining ITV, Buccieri was president of programming, production and development at Fox Twentieth Television.
“I want to sincerely thank our board members at Disney and Hearst for offering me this exceptional opportunity to lead A+E Networks during this transformative time in media,” added Buccieri. “I could not be prouder of A+E’s powerful brands, strong partnerships and, most importantly, the talented people I get to work with every day. We look forward to expanding on our solid foundation of creativity.”