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Edward Sabin Joins A+E Networks As Head of Intl Commercial Ops

A+E Networks® has appointed Edward Sabin as Managing Director, Americas, and Head of Commercial Operations, International. In his new role, Mr. Sabin will manage all aspects of the company’s rapid growth activities in Latin America and Canada, lead business operations for A+E Networks’ international channels, and play a strategic role in new business globally. The announcement was made today by Sean Cohan, Executive Vice President, International, to whom Mr. Sabin will be reporting.

Mr. Sabin’s responsibilities in Latin America and Canada will include oversight of all key relationships, partnerships, channels, program sales, and digital media activities in those territories. In addition, in his role as Head of Commercial Operations, Mr. Sabin will be responsible for leading a range of global strategic and operational initiatives and teams; managing commercial policy and coordination on global ad sales and distribution; and evaluating and enhancing A+E’s global and local approaches to business functions. Mr. Sabin, fluent in Spanish, will also be charged with initiatives targeting the US Hispanic and secondary markets and other collaborative efforts across A+E Networks’ divisions and brands. Mr. Sabin will be based out of A+E Networks’ Los Angeles offices.

“I am thrilled to partner with an executive of Edward's caliber and to add him to the International senior team at A+E Networks. Edward has incredible acumen and knowledge of the media business, coupled with a wealth of experience,” said Mr. Cohan. “Our international division has been on a tear, with a portfolio and business that has tripled in size. Both wholly-owned businesses and our partnerships with leading players have grown dramatically. In his role, Edward joins a strong team and partners that are bullish on the continued growth of some of the best content and brands across all regions and platforms.”

“The ever-evolving global landscape presents significant opportunities, including the impetus for media companies to boost their engagement with international audiences across all platforms,” said Mr. Sabin. “A+E Networks has committed aggressively to that growing engagement, and it has unparalleled content and brands to power and support it. I am thrilled to be joining such an accomplished team, and to help lead the next chapter of this success story.”

Prior to joining A+E Networks, Mr. Sabin was the Group Chief Operating Officer for Discovery & TLC Networks, as well Science Channel and Velocity where he had direct oversight for all strategy, network operations, talent management, research, and financial and business matters for Discovery's two U.S. flagships, Discovery Channel and TLC, as well as Science Channel and Velocity.
Prior to joining Discovery in 2007, Mr. Sabin was with Fox Television Studios for seven years, where he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Operations, and, before that, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. At Fox, Sabin oversaw the business operations for domestic production groups, devised and implemented business models for international format production and distribution, oversaw the acquisition and formation of local production companies around the world, and structured the company's new media production business models.

Earlier, Mr. Sabin was a partner at Greenberg Glusker, a full service business and entertainment law firm based in Los Angeles.

Mr. Sabin received both his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Source: A+E Networks