Dirk HoogstraDirk Hoogstra has been promoted to EVP, Development and Programming, for History and H2. Hoogstra, who previously served as SVP, Development and Programming since 2010, will continue to report to Nancy Dubuc, President Entertainment and Media, A+E Networks, who called him “one of the fastest rising stars in the business.” Hoogstra oversees History and H2’s programming teams, and shepherds the network’s development and production. He was an executive producer on History’s first scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, which premiered in May 2012 to cable ratings records and earned five Emmys. Since joining History in 2007, Hoogstra has overseen such series and specials as  American Pickers, Counting Cars, Mountain Men, Top Gear, Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy, Top Shot, Men Who Built America and the upcoming scripted series Vikings and docudrama The Bible, which premiere this Sunday.