A+E Networks has promoted Steve Ascher to Senior Vice President, Production & Development of A+E Originals, from his VP role.

Ascher launched A+E Originals just over a year ago. The full-service unscripted content creation company produces premium unscripted series, specials and documentaries across the A+E Networks portfolio of channels, including A&E, History, and Lifetime, and has over 60 hours of content in production.

“Under Steve’s terrific leadership, A+E Originals has grown considerably in a short period of time,” said Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Networks Group. “His team has been active on several fronts, from developing original content for our channels to forging talent deals, and forming co-production partnerships. I’m pleased to have Steve at the helm of A+E Originals.”

Ascher joined A+E Networks in 2013 as an Executive Producer for History. In that role, he oversaw series and specials including Forged in Fire, Pawn Stars, Ax Men, and Alcatraz: Search for the Truth. Prior to joining A+E Networks, Ascher worked for NBC News, most recently at the Today show.

In addition to original productions, A+E Originals has secured overall talent deals with Leah Remini, Gretchen Carlson and Elizabeth Vargas. The A+E Originals team is also pursuing co-production partnerships for unscripted content in the U.S. and internationally.