A+E Networks UK has expanded Dan Korn’s remit to include the position of head of the free-to-air entertainment channel Blaze, in addition to his programming responsibilities for the company’s pay portfolio brands.
Since being named to the new post in December, Korn is now responsible for all content elements relating to the brand, the brand strategy, positioning and development. Korn continues to report into Heather Jones, SVP and head of content and creative for Europe.
Korn tells Realscreen his plans for Blaze in 2019 and beyond include building “on the great success of the brand thus far, by investing in male-skewing fact-ent franchises [both originated and acquired] which fit with the warmth, authenticity and wit of the Blaze brand.
“It’s a privilege to have oversight of Blaze, in addition to the other incredible brands in the A+E UK portfolio,” Korn added in a statement. “In collaboration with our platform partners, we are fully focused on growing and enhancing our existing pay brands, at the same time as taking Blaze to even greater heights.”
On A+E Networks UK’s programming side, the company has acquired exclusive rights for A+E shows Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Counting Cars which will air on Blaze beginning in April. Additionally, the global free-to-air brand has acquired UK premiere rights for Spiky Goldhunters from Pango Productions and Outback Truckers from Prospero Productions. Both deals were negotiated by Kelly Hornsby, head of program acquisitions at A+E Networks UK.
In March 2017, A+E Networks Italy teamed with digital satellite platform Sky Italia to roll out Blaze across Italy, featuring content from A+E Networks portfolio, ranging from reality programming to docuseries.
Since its launch in September 2016, Blaze has reached 17 million viewers and is available across the UK on free-to-air platforms Freesat and Freeview; and pay-TV platforms Sky and Virgin.
Deadline first reported the news of Korn’s appointment Wednesday (Feb. 20).