Leah Remini (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath) is expanding her relationship with A+E Networks, signing a two-year overall first-look development deal to produce new unscripted projects for the A+E Networks portfolio.
This marks the first overall deal for A+E’s newly launched in-house nonfiction division, A+E Originals, designed to internally develop and produce premium nonfiction and documentary content for distribution across the A+E portfolio, including A&E Network, Lifetime, History, LMN and FYI.
As part of the deal, Remini and A+E Originals will collaborate to develop and produce new documentary programming, beyond the subject of Scientology, over the next two years. The pact comes on the heels of an eight-episode Season 3 renewal for Remini’s Emmy-winning original series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which airs on A&E. The renewal includes five specials which will air on A&E Network. The series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2017 as well as a Producers Guild Award and a NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Award in 2018.
“I am so incredibly proud of this show and the movement that has started around it which continues to grow each and every day,” said Remini. “I’m honored to have a home at A+E Networks and am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to expand our relationship telling brave stories and bringing truth to light, no matter the obstacles.”
A+E Originals was created by Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Networks Portfolio Group & A+E Studios, and will be spearheaded by former History executive Steve Ascher, who serves as VP of A+E Originals. A+E Originals plans to commission more than 50 hours of original nonfiction content in its first year. Additional details to be announced in the coming months.
“Leah is an incredible talent and collaborator with a unique point of view and we are looking forward to developing her brand of brave storytelling to new topics,” said Buccieri. “The creation of A+E Originals provides the opportunity for us to partner directly with the industry’s best nonfiction storytellers like Leah, both in front of and behind the camera, to bring their ideas to audiences around the world.”
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation. Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Myles Reiff serves as showrunner and executive producer. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.
Remini is repped by APA, Art2Perform and Hirsch Wallerstein.