Paul Buccieri to become president of A&E, History

Paul Buccieri (pictured) is leaving ITV Studios to become president of U.S. networks History and A&E, realscreen has confirmed.
November 4, 2014

Paul Buccieri (pictured) is leaving ITV Studios to become president of U.S. networks History and A&E, realscreen has confirmed.

In the role, effective early next year, Buccieri will report to Nancy Dubuc, the president and CEO of parent company A+E Networks.

He will oversee all content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for both channels and their affiliated brands. As a result, David McKillop and Dirk Hoogstra - A&E and History’s respective exec VPs and general managers – will now report to Buccieri.

“Paul and I have a longstanding professional relationship going back to our early programming days on some of A&E’s biggest hits,” said Dubuc in a statement, in which she praised Buccieri as “one of those unique executives who brings both strong leadership skills and business acumen to the creative process.”

She added that he is “also a brilliant strategist. As the media landscape continues to evolve, Paul will be looking at the future of our powerful brands with a macro vision.”

The move sees Buccieri stepping down from his role as chairman of the ITV Studios U.S. Group and Global Entertainment, in which he oversaw ITV-controlled prodcos including Gurney Productions, Leftfield Entertainment, High Noon, Thinkfactory Media and DiGa Vision; and headed up the UK broadcaster’s global distribution arm.

Buccieri joined ITV Studios in 2007, and in 2011 was named MD of ITV Studios International. After that he became president and CEO of the ITV Studios U.S. Group in 2013, before moving to the new position of chairman in May this year. Prior to joining the company, Buccieri served as president of programming for production and development at Fox Twentieth Television, and before that was an executive producer at Endemol USA.

In a statement provided to realscreen, an ITV spokesperson said: “Paul will remain with ITV as we conduct the search for his successor.

“In the meantime Kevin Lygo, MD of ITV Studios, will continue to oversee the ITV US group and will be spending more time in America as we build on our success in the U.S. market over the last few years and continue to grow and strengthen the business creatively and commercially. We wish Paul all the best on his new role and look forward to working with him when he arrives at A&E.”

The news comes after A+E Networks announced on Sunday (November 2) that chairman Abbe Raven would be retiring next year, on February 2.

In a statement, Buccieri said: “Nancy is a dynamic and inspiring leader who has built an exemplary management team at A+E Networks. With a combination of this team and a portfolio of incredibly strong brands, we will continue to attract the best creative talent.

“I want to thank ITV for an incredible seven-year journey. I could not be more appreciative of all the wonderful people I’ve worked with during my time there.”

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