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A&E Networks is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which owns 50%; half of the shares) and the multimedia business company Hearst Communications (which also owns 50%; the other half stake of the company). The company operates several brands in the television industry, including A&E, History, Lifetime, and more.

On November 6, 2018, it had been announced that as part of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Disney agreed to sell its' 50% stake of the company to Hearst in the European Economic Area. Despite this, Disney continues to co-own the company elsewhere internationally, including the company's country of origin for operations in the United States.

Some of their most popular properties include Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars and Hoarders for A&E, as well as Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Forged in Fire and Ancient Aliens for History.

Trivia

  • For home video, A&E's library is distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment instead of Buena Vista Home Entertainment, with the contract being announced in August 2012.
    • Additionally, Discovery+ has the streaming rights to a majority of A&E's content rather than Disney+ in the United States, although some shows are streaming on Hulu.
    • In some Spanish territories, content from A&E is streaming on Disney+ through Star.
  • Duck Dynasty is featured in episode 21 of the Doofenshmirtz's Daily Dirt.

See also

  • ESPN - Another company jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%)
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