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A+E Networks elevates three distribution executives

Global content company A+E Networks has promoted three executives on its distribution team. Jane Rice (pictured, left) has been named EVP of content distribution and marketing. In the new role, the ...
July 23, 2019

Global content company A+E Networks has promoted three executives on its distribution team.

Jane Rice (pictured, left) has been named EVP of content distribution and marketing. In the new role, the 10-year A+E Networks veteran will be responsible for driving strategy and distribution for the company’s content portfolio throughout the U.S. and Canada across cable, satellite and OTT platforms. Her remit will also expand to include additional responsibilities for distribution marketing. She was previously SVP of distribution.

Mark Garner (right), meanwhile, has been upped to EVP of content licensing and business development. He will have continued control of the product operations function for the distribution group, but will now also be tasked with managing A+E’s global multi-platform monetization strategy. Garner joined A+E in 2007 as VP of distribution business development, analytics and marketing.

Finally, Richard Shirley, who joined A+E in 2005 as manager of VOD marketing, has been promoted to SVP of distribution business development. He will oversee the company’s deployment of content on pay-TV partners’ digital platforms.

The trio of executives will be based in New York.

Shirley will report to Garner, while Rice and Garner will continue to report to David Zagin, president of distribution at A+E Networks.

“The way in which we reach our consumers has never been more diverse or as interesting as it is right now,” said Zagin in a statement. “Jane and Mark have both proven to be strategic leaders in distribution and, along with Richard’s efforts, this group is continually innovating to ensure A+E grows as a preferred partner in the industry and a top destination for fans.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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