Following the success of the History miniseries "Hatfields and McCoys," A&E Networks has given a new deal to Nancy Dubuc, reports The New York Times’ Bill Carter, who calls Dubuc "one of the most important programming executives in cable television."
As part of the deal, Dubuc will be promoted to the new position of president of entertainment and media for A&E Networks. That means she will oversee programming for all the networks run by the company, including Lifetime, History and A&E, the piece notes.
"All the content at all the networks will now report to me,” Dubuc told Carter, noting that other television companies had tried to hire her.
“I had a lot of calls and it was very flattering,” she said. “I take it with a great deal of humility.”
She added that she has "so much confidence in these brands," which was what led her to accept the promotion, the piece adds. History is the No. 2 network in cable in the 25-54 demo and ranks in the top five in viewers 18-49, the story notes. “Hatfields and McCoys,” which premiered in May, delivered more than 14 million viewers.