A+E Networks has promoted Steve Ascher to the role of senior vice president, A+E Originals.
Ascher (pictured) has served as VP of the Originals division since 2017. A+E Originals was launched just over a year ago as a full-service unscripted content creation company that produces premium unscripted series, specials and documentaries across the A+E Networks portfolio of channels, including A&E, History and Lifetime.
As part of the remit for its Originals unit, A+E has also secured overall talent deals with Leah Remini, Gretchen Carlson and Elizabeth Vargas, and is currently pursuing unscripted coproduction content partnerships in the U.S. and internationally.
Ascher joined A+E Networks in 2013 as an EP for History, where he oversaw series and specials including Forged in Fire, Pawn Stars, Ax Men and Alcatraz: Search for the Truth. Prior to joining A+E Networks, he worked for NBC News, most recently at The Today Show.
“Under Steve’s terrific leadership, A+E Originals has grown considerably in a short period of time,” said Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Networks Group, in a statement. “His team has been active on several fronts, from developing original content for our channels to forging talent deals, and forming coproduction partnerships. I’m pleased to have Steve at the helm of A+E Originals.”