A+E Brings Out the Stars for Upfront Presentation

President Bush, Garth Brooks, Sylvester Stallone in projects
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A+E Networks amped up its star power at its upfront presentation Wednesday evening in New York.

From left: A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri, Robin Roberts, executive producer of Lifetime’s “Robin Roberts Presents,” and President George W. Bush attend the 2019 A+E Networks Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2019 in New York City.

From left: A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri, Robin Roberts, executive producer of Lifetime’s “Robin Roberts Presents,” and President George W. Bush attend the 2019 A+E Networks Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2019 in New York City.

Paul Buccieri, president of A+E, leading the company’s upfront event for the first time, introduced President George Bush, who talked about his love for the History channel, which has new initiatives including History Talks, a traveling speaker series, History Speaks, a podcast series, and HistoryCon, a three-day fan convention.

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Also participating in new projects at A+E networks they spoke about at the upfront were Garth Brooks, Sylvester Stallone and Robin Roberts.

Stallone is set to direct and executive produce a new drama being developed for History with the working title The Tenderloin. The series, from A+E Studios, is based on true stories from a New York Police Department squad leader.

Two other History projects are Washington, which the network is working on with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and The Food That Built America, looking at business and brand builders like Kellogg, Heinz and Hershey.

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Garth Brooks (L) and A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri attend 2019 A+E Networks Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Garth Brooks (L) and A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri attend 2019 A+E Networks Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

For Lifetime, Robin Roberts is executive producing a movie on kidnapping victim Kamiyah Mobley, as well as an accompanying documentary.

The network is working on 150 new movies as well as a documentary event produced by gymnast Aly Raisman and actress Leah Remini giving a voice to victims of sexual assault.

A&E Network will have a four-part special Biography based on the life of country singer Garth Brooks.

The network also announced a new canine competition series with the working title Top Dog from the producers of the network’s hit Live PD.

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