UPDATE: I’m told OWN, the joint venture of Discovery and Oprah, is bringing in a new Head of Programming above Maria Grasso and Nina Wass.She’s veteran program executive Jamila Hunter. Last July, Hunter was named to the newly created position as SVP of Programming and Development for Alternative & Digital at NBC Entertainment.
And tipsters say Abbe Raven, the A&E Television Networks prez/CEO, will run that new joint venture partnered by Disney-ABC, Hearst, and NBC Universal reported yesterday. (See my previous here.) It would take A&E, History, and Lifetime and put them together with the 3 players. Lifetime’s Andrea Wong will report to Raven. The problem had been valuing individual assets, unwinding decades-old partnerships, and some tax liability issues. In other words, it’s complicated. Disney-ABC and Hearst each own 37.5% in A&E Television Networks and NBC Uni 25%. Lifetime is run 50-50 by Hearst/Disney.