A+E Networks® has promoted Liz Soriano to Senior Vice President, International Programming, which was announced by Steve MacDonald, President, Global Licensing & International, to whom she reports.
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. This includes activities related to product knowledge advisement, programming and scheduling strategies, and innovative content models and packaging. In addition, she is responsible for the management of A+E’s global program inventory and driving strategies that optimize 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 MacDonald. “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.”
Among the many accomplishments highlighting her storied career at the company, Soriano recently launched the Lifetime Movie Network channel in Australia this past September 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 program pipeline, and evolving the international programming team, from product knowledge experts to a full-fledged content strategy and management operation.
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 centralize original program outtakes that ultimately led to the establishment of the company’s footage archive service group.
A champion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts in the workplace, Soriano currently serves as a member of A+E Networks’ Multicultural Advisory Council and Employee Resource Group Advisory Council. Last year, she was recognized by Cablefax Magazine in its 2020 Diversity List.
Soriano holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.