MIPCOM Spotlight: A+E Networks


Set in Victorian London, A+E Networks’ Miss Scarlet and The Duke centers on Eliza Scarlet, the female heir to a detective agency, and her unlikely business partner “The Duke,” DI William Wellington of Scotland Yard.

Together, Eliza and the drinker, gambler and womanizer solve crimes throughout the city, with their fiery relationship front and center in the series. Created by Rachael New, the show stars Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin. “Miss Scarlet and The Duke is in post-production, having filmed all through the summer, and it’s exciting for us to start showing buyers how it’s looking,” says Moreyba Bidessie, director of international scripted development and sales at A+E Networks. “We are so hugely proud of the show—our first original scripted show from A+E Networks International.”

Two strangers, one old and one young, attempt to fix each other’s love lives in the A+E Networks format Generation Dating. “It brings together people from completely different generations to help one another learn a new approach to finding love, and in the process, they find themselves forging unexpected friendships,” says Hayley Babcock, head of format productions and acquisitions at A+E Networks. Marrying Millions puts couples—in which one is of considerable wealth and the other on the lower end of the financial spectrum—in focus, leaving friends, family members and the audience at home to wonder if it’s true love, money or the superficial attracting them to one another. One hundred singles compete for love and/or a cash prize in the dating game show Solo Wars.

The A+E Networks anthology series The UnXplained with William Shatner, hosted by the world-renowned Star Trek actor, explores the mysteries of the world with the help of top scientists, historians, engineers and researchers. Damian Lewis: Spy Wars features the Homeland star delving into covert missions in modern-day history aided by recently declassified information, experts and intelligence officers who were on the ground. Marking 20 years since the tragic death, JFK Jr.—The Final Year, based on a new book by Steven M. Gillon, unpacks evidence of the political aspirations of the 35th president’s son before his fatal plane crash.

“A+E Networks offers some of the most groundbreaking and buzziest series in the media landscape, and we are building on that success,” says Robyn Hurd, the company’s VP of content sales for EMEA.