A+E Networks has penned a first-look, strategic production partnership with Mountain View, California-based international digital magazine OZY Media.
The multi-platform deal will see the two companies working together to produce multiple projects per year and includes original series, podcasts and live events conceived by OZY Media. Specific projects have yet to be announced.
OZY Media was founded in 2013 by Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao. The company has since launched an in-house production studio in OZY Studios while also selling four television programs to PBS, BBC, Amazon and Facebook. Series in its production stable currently includes The Contenders – 16 for ’16, Third Rail with OZY, Breaking Big and Take On America.
Jana Bennett, former GM and president of A+E-owned History, joined OZY Media in March of last year as executive at large and senior adviser.
“We are committed to being in business with great creatives and storytellers, whose work translates across multiple platforms. The team at OZY is emblematic of all this and more and we are very proud to be in business with them,” said Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Networks Group, in a statement. “Our partnership deal amplifies A+E Networks’ rapidly growing in-house production auspices and will super-serve a growing hunger among consumers for fresh and unique perspectives.”
“OZY Media’s foray into original content is the logical next step for the company to take a deeper dive into the amazing stories the editorial team has unearthed for our digital news business,” added OZY Media co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson. “Working with A+E and the company’s wide-ranging portfolio is a perfect fit for the kind of future-forward series we want to produce and reinforces the incredible vision Paul Buccieri has for A+E’s future.”
A+E Networks has also been amping up activity at its non-scripted production unit Six West Media, which currently has 80 hours of content in its production pipeline. Projects include HBO Max’s 15 Minutes of Shame, History’s Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation and Lifetime’s forthcoming From Darkness to Light (working title).
(With files from Barry Walsh)