NATPE 2016: A+E Networks Partner With Trifecta to Launch ‘Pawn Stars’ Into Broadcast Syndication

Global franchise already sold in 200-plus territories worldwide
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A+E Networks and Trifecta are teaming up to sell cable hit Pawn Stars into U.S. broadcast syndication, the companies said at NATPE in Miami on Tuesday.

As a global franchise, the series already has been sold in more than 200 territories worldwide and has been formatted in the U.K., Australia and South Africa.

Pawn Stars is a brand that’s gone from strength to strength, achieving unprecedented ratings success worldwide for A+E Networks,” said Sean Cohan, A+E Networks president, international and digital, in a statement.

Pawn Stars debuted on History, where it has been a top-ten nonfiction series on ad-supported cable since 2010. In 2011 and 2012, it was the number-one nonfiction series among total viewers on basic cable, and continues to be among the most-watched unscripted series on the network.


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