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Advisory Board Chair
Jana Bennett was named President and General Manager of HISTORY® in September, 2015. In this role, Bennett is responsible for overseeing all strategic planning, programming, marketing and brand development for HISTORY and H2TM. Bennett joined A+E Networks as President of FYITM and LMN® in June 2013. In that role, she oversaw two of the fastest growing networks in the A+E portfolio.
Under Bennett’s leadership, FYI was rebranded from BIO on July 8, 2014 in the U.S., September 1, 2014 in Canada and on October 6, 2014 across the Southeast Asian markets. In its first year on air FYI experienced double-digit ratings growth, led by the introduction of groundbreaking new hit series, including Married at First Sight, Arranged, Seven Year Switch, Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunting and Man vs. Child:Chef Showdown. FYI has also become the number one upscale entertainment network on ad-supported cable and 1Q15 and 2Q15 were the network’s best quarters since its rebrand among Adults 25-54.
Bennett also spearheaded the reinvention of the LMN brand, introducing new original unscripted series to the portfolio, including the new hit series Escaping Polygamy, I Love You But I Lied and Monster In My Family. As a result, year-to-date LMN is up in every day part versus a year ago among Women 25-54 and claims its youngest median age since 2006.
Prior to joining A+E Networks, Bennett was President of BBC Worldwide Networks & Global BBC iPlayer. During her role at BBC Worldwide, she was responsible for 16 branded channels, across 100 countries, reaching 380 million subscriber homes. Under Bennett’s management, the channels’ businesses became the company’s fastest growing division in terms of revenue. In digital media, Bennett led the development and launch of the subscription VOD service, BBC iPlayer in 16 overseas markets and served on the board of UKTV, Britain’s largest day TV group.
Prior to that role, Bennett headed up BBC Television and was responsible for the BBC’s 6 free-to-air channels in the UK. Under her leadership, numerous award-winning and hit series were launched across all genres, including Planet Earth, Top Gear, Meet the Ancestors, Our War, Sherlock, Walking with the Dinosaurs, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars. Bennett has proven to be a successful leader in both the UK and the U.S. television markets. She previously held the position of EVP and General Manager of TLC Network and Discovery Pictures. While in this role, she helped redefine the TLC network with launching such hit series as Trading Spaces, What Not to Wear and Junkyard Wars.