CATEGORY 6 MEDIA(TM) GROUP AND VARIETY SIGN FIRST LOOK AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP AND PRODUCE MULTI-PLATFORM UNSCRIPTED PROJECTS BASED UPON ORIGINAL CONTENT FROM VARIETY
NEW YORK / LOS ANGELES - January 9, 2023 - A+E Networks' Category 6 Media(TM) group and Variety have reached a first look agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Category 6 will develop and produce unscripted, reality, and documentary content for multi-platform distribution based upon Variety's articles, books, podcasts and other material. The announcement was made by Sharon Scott, President, A+E Networks Factual Division and Dea Lawrence, Variety Chief Operating and Marketing Officer.
A+E Networks will retain global distribution rights to the content produced under the partnership. Variety Chief Production Officer Claudia Eller will serve as Executive Producer of all projects.
"Variety is one of the preeminent sources of entertainment business journalism, and we are thrilled to partner with them on this first look agreement. Variety is a great touchpoint across the media industry, and we look forward to diving deeper into their reporting with journalists and editors who are the best in the business," said Scott
"A+E Networks has been a fantastic partner of ours for more than a decade and we're so excited to extend our relationship by developing original documentary content and other unscripted creative endeavors with Category 6 Media. We've already begun delving into some amazing projects," said Eller.
The agreement builds upon a longstanding partnership between A+E Networks and Variety including the annual "Power of Women" franchise which recognizes women in the entertainment industry for their onscreen and offscreen work and is broadcast on Lifetime and the "Salute to Service" franchise honoring the contributions of veterans and their families which airs on The HISTORY Channel. Both specials were produced by Category 6 Media group in 2022.
Category 6 Media group specializes in the development and production of premium unscripted series and specials for the A+E Networks portfolio and the global marketplace. The group is currently developing and producing more than 200 hours of programming including multiple true crime series, premium documentaries, limited series, quick turn specials and podcasts. Series and specials include "Cold Case Files: DNA Speaks" for Hulu, and for A+E Networks platforms, "Interrogation Raw," "Cold Case Files," "American Justice," "Invisible Monsters: Serial Killers in America," "Panic 911," "Lifetime Presents: Women Making History," "The American Presidency with Bill Clinton," "Voices Magnified: Policing in America," and "Voices Magnified: Locked Up in America," among others.
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