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A+E Networks International formats exec Hayley Babcock to exit

Hayley Babcock, A+E Networks’ head of formats, international production and programming, is stepping down from the company after more than five years in the role, Realscreen has confirmed. At A+E Networks ...
March 9, 2021

Hayley Babcock, A+E Networks’ head of formats, international production and programming, is stepping down from the company after more than five years in the role, Realscreen has confirmed.

At A+E Networks International, Babcock (pictured) was responsible for all creative and production aspects of the global format business for the company including format acquisition for international distribution.

In cooperation with programming executives at its domestic U.S and its international brands, she helped to identify and source formats for the international marketplace from the A+E group of channels.

While confirming Babcock’s departure, an A+E spokesperson added, regarding the company’s commitment to format creation and international exploitation: “A+E Networks remains robustly committed to its long-standing Formats business, and has a strong team in place. A+E Networks will continue to create hit formats that resonate with global audiences and to partner with broadcasters and producers around the world to adapt into successful local productions. We will have more news to share in the coming months.”

Prior to A+E, Babcock ran her own firm, Hayley Babcock Media Consulting, working with clients such as Shine International (later known as Endemol Shine International, now part of Banijay), where she took on the role of head of North American acquisitions. Her other clients included Whalerock Industries, DRG and A+E International.

Before that, the executive held titles including SVP, strategic creative development at Sony Pictures Entertainment; SVP of development, production and programming at 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios); and director, international programming and production at ViacomCBS (then CBS International).

In her roles at these studios, Babcock led worldwide TV partners in new show development and acquisition, as well as creative adaptation and local production of global formats including Shark Tank, The Simple Life, Temptation Island, Wheel of Fortune and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

News of Babcock’s departure was first reported by UK trade C21.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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