Jana Bennett

Former BBC and History exec Jana Bennett dies, aged 66

Former History and BBC boss Jana Bennett has died, aged 66. Bennett revealed in 2019 that she had been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) – a complex form of brain cancer – and subsequently helped to launch OurBrainBank, which allows patients with the condition to track symptoms and assist with research. Prior to that, the US-born exec had been […]

Bennett exiting History to create production company

History chief Jana Bennett is to leave A+E Networks to create a London- and New York-based production company. A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc told staff Bennett had informed her of the plan to launch a new business earlier this spring. Former BBC Worldwide channels chief Bennett has been with History parent A+E for nearly four years, […]

Bennett becomes History GM as Hoogstra exits

Dirk Hoogstra’s time with History is over, with Jana Bennett taking over the general manager post at the US cable channel. Hoogstra is credited with some of History’s biggest recent hits including scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, but the channel has suffered significant dips over the past two years. Hoogstra becomes the latest high-ranking executive to leave […]

A+E’s Bio to rebrand as FYI

Jana Bennett is to preside over a rebranded Bio channel, which will switch to more lifestyle-focused content that reflects “how people actually live their lives”. The move has been touted for some time and came a step closer after A+E Networks’ CEO Nancy Dubuc drafted in former BBC Worldwide content boss Bennett to oversee its […]

A+E makes string of hires, appoints Jana Bennett

Former BBC Worldwide president of worldwide networks Jana Bennett has re-emerged at A+E Networks, where she will make up part of a new look team operating under new president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. Bennett, who exited BBCWW last year as part of a major restructure of the BBC’s commercial arm, will become president of the second-tier […]