01.03.2018Media and Entertainment
Verizon and A+E Networks® expand partnership across Verizon’s family of media brands
Partnership Includes Access to Premium Programming Including First-Look Content
Verizon and A+E Networks® today announced an expanded partnership to deliver A+E Networks programming, including award-winning content from A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY® and Viceland®, to more viewers than ever across Verizon’s family of media brands, including Yahoo and AOL. In addition to the carriage renewal for A+E Networks on Fios, the partnership will include first window rights for content from 45th & Dean, A+E Networks’ digital entity.
Verizon’s mobile and digital footprint, which ranks number one in monthly U.S. millennial reach and number two in total monthly U.S. digital audience, will expand access to A+E’s digitally-focused content and create new digital and mobile options for viewers across its family of media brands, including content geared toward women and other specific audience segments.
In addition, Verizon’s Fios customers will continue to count on A+E Networks’ programming with the added ability to view content where and when they want to on their mobile devices.
The agreement includes premium scripted dramas such as HISTORY’s “Knightfall” that premiered December 6 and was watched by more than 3mm total viewers based on Live+3 viewing; as well as “Vikings,” currently in its fifth season. Also included are unscripted hit-series from A&E such as the Emmy-winning “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” and “Live PD;” Lifetime’s National Women’s Soccer League games and perennial favorite competition series, “Project Runway;” in addition to Viceland’s “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia” and “Desus & Mero.”
The first-look mobile and digital content will be provided by 45th & Dean, A+E’s digital storytelling entity. 45th & Dean creates original short and medium-form content including the digital series’ “Second Chance” which reached over 80mm viewers in its first season, and “Bae or Bail” whose first episode garnered over 40mm views to date.
“We’re excited to offer fans of A+E Networks more access than ever across Verizon’s Fios footprint and now, across our family of digital media properties,” said Brian Angiolet, SVP, Global Chief Media and Content Officer at Verizon. “This partnership expansion is yet another example of how we’re fueling our new Oath media brands and becoming the first screen for premium content across genres. With the addition of National Women’s Soccer League games on brands like Yahoo Sports, we’re continuing to add to our robust sports offering for fans.”
“We are thrilled to continue with our strong relationship with Verizon Fios, and excited about this broader content relationship that we have in place with Verizon and Oath,” said David Zagin, President, Distribution, A+E Networks.