A+E Networks has promoted Liz Soriano to Senior Vice President, International Programming.

In her new role, Soriano oversees all of A+E’s global programming services to its linear and digital channel brands and content sales clients in more than 250 territories around the world.  In addition, she is responsible for the management of A+E’s global programme inventory and “driving strategies that optimise content for distribution and licensing opportunities on any platform.”

“Liz is an incredibly accomplished entertainment executive who has demonstrated her acute business and creative acumen to help build A+E Networks into a world-class provider of engaging content, and further grow the company into a top creator of global IP,” said Steve MacDonald, President, Global Licensing & International. “With Liz’s keen eye on the pulse of our industry and innate ability to design efficient delivery systems that supply our global pipeline, we are excited about the prospect for even greater growth under her continued guidance.”

Soriano recently launched the Lifetime Movie Network channel in Australia and partnered with HISTORY U.S. on Hiroshima: 75 Years Later, an international co-production with Hulu Japan.

A 30-year veteran in the industry, Soriano most recently held the role of Vice President, International Programming, after many years of supporting A+E’s channels in the Americas, APAC, and EMEA, guiding the global content sales team on the company’s programme pipeline, and evolving the international programming team.

Soriano was also a key player in the expansion of the A+E brand footprint with the launches of Crime + Investigation Italy, Blaze Iberia, Lifetime Latin America, and History and Lifetime South Korea, involved in the development of enterprise-wide systems and tools for A+E’s global businesses, and has partnered on factual co-productions for the international market, including the documentary series Damian Lewis: Spy Wars.

Soriano first joined A+E in 1996 to work on the then fledgling BIOGRAPHY series and documentary specials for the History Channel. She later became involved in museum and multi-platform education projects, as well as short form production across A+E’s brands, which sparked an individual effort to centralise original programme outtakes that ultimately led to the establishing of the company’s footage archive service group.

Soriano currently serves as a member of A+E Networks’ Multicultural Advisory Council and Employee Resource Group Advisory Council.

Jon Creamer