Original programming has been key to the successful rebranding of History, A&E and Lifetime, according to Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A+E Networks. "We believed that we needed to control our own destiny for all our networks, and so it was a time to walk away from off-net programming and to create our own franchises," Raven said. "We own it. And we're not at the mercy of others."
A+E Networks chief: Success comes from owning content