EXCLUSIVE: A+E Networks is bringing another top-level talent from flagship A&E to the company’s recently launched A+E Studios. Tana Nugent Jamieson, who had been overseeing scripted programming at A&E Network since 2006, is transitioning to A+E Studios as SVP. In her new role, she will develop original scripted drama programming for the entire A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E, Lifetime, History and LMN, reporting to A+E Studios EVP Barry Jossen.
Building A+E Studios has been a major priority for A&E Networks as cable networks put stronger emphasis on owning their content. Nugent Jamieson, a well-liked creative executive, will lead a development team that includes recent hires Erica Bello, VP Creative Affairs, and Sarah Bremner, Director of Creative Affairs, who also report to Jossen. The move gives Nugent Jamieson bigger volume to work with than her previous job at A&E, which usually does a couple of pilots or straight-to-series projects a year. Nugent Jamieson’s lietenant at A&E, VP Drama Development Gabriel Marano, will stay put as the scripted point person for the network. He will now report to David McKillop, EVP & GM of A&E.
McKillop’s predecessor, longtime A&E President and General Manager Bob DeBitetto, who brought Nugent Jamieson to the network eight years ago, first made the leap to A+E Studios, which he has been overseeing as president since last summer.
Nugent Jamieson spearheaded A&E’s foray into scripted programming. After trying different directions with its first two scripted series in a long time, dramas The Beast and The Cleaner, the network introduced a string of strong series, The Glades, Longmire and Bates Motel, with Nugent Jamieson likely to keep a hand in some of the series she’d developed. A&E’s next original series is The Returned, an adaptation of the acclaimed French series from Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse.
Before joining A&E, Nugent Jamieson did stints at the WB Network, TBS and NBC Studios, MCA/Universal, Alliance-Atlantis Films, Dick Clark Prods and Kushner-Locke Prods.