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Bad-Ass Pregnant Bounty Hunter!
The “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star gets real with momlogic.
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“Baby” Lyssa Chapman, 22, is pregnant with her second child … and bounty hunting with her dad on their reality show, “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” She sat down with momlogic to talk about catching criminals while carrying a child, being a teen mother, and even “Jon and Kate Plus 8.”
momlogic: Congrats on your pregnancy! How far along are you?
Lyssa: I’m 32 weeks pregnant as of Monday. August 17 is the due date, and I’m having a girl. I also have a 7-year-old daughter and my husband has a 4-year-old daughter, who is also mine. So we’re going to have three little girls running around!
ML: How intense is it for you to bounty hunt when you are pregnant?
Lyssa: It’s pretty crazy! It’s such a high-stress job. You get so emotionally involved in it, you kind of forget you’re pregnant because you get so focused on what you’re doing. But I look at the video of my last bounty, where I’m so pregnant, and even I am like, “Wow!” It doesn’t even seem real to me!
ML: Do you get scared during the bounties, being pregnant?
Lyssa: No more than I usually do. I get afraid a lot during the bounties — when Dad’s talking about it before we go out, he’ll say something like, “This guy was arrested with a gun.” I’m like, “Ohmigosh, don’t you think you should leave me home on this one?” [laughs] But he says, “No, you’ll be fine!” I’m just trying to be safe while trying to be useful at the same time. I don’t want to put the people who are trying to protect me in harm’s way.
ML: Has your dad been more protective of you while you’re pregnant?
Lyssa: No, not really. Beth always says, “There’s Duane and then there’s Dog.” I agree with that. I say, “Dad, I’m pregnant,” and he says, “I don’t care — just do it!” Dog doesn’t take my pregnancy into account. He’ll say: “You’ll be good bait … go in there!”
ML: Can you tell us about your first pregnancy?
Lyssa: While living with my biological mother, I was abused. I got pregnant. I was 14 years old, and he was 24. I thought I was in love. He knew a lot better than I what he was doing — I didn’t. He went to jail for sexual abuse of a minor. It was an odd situation, but I got my daughter out of it.
ML: How was it for you, being such a young mother?
Lyssa: It’s all I’ve ever really known my whole life. I got pregnant soon after I turned 14, and I had her the day after my 15th birthday. I never got to sleep in, go to prom, finish high school — I was so young that being a parent was just it for me — that’s all I knew. When this happens to you, I think you can either try to continue on with your childhood and let your parents raise the kid, or give it up, or you can become a parent. I chose to become a parent.
ML: Do you think things like “Juno,” MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” and Jamie Lynn Spears glamorize teen pregnancy?
Lyssa: I think they definitely glamorize it and make it seem easier. I gave up on my dad when I was 11 years old, and my mother was living out her childhood when I had my baby, so I really had no one. I babysat the town kids to make ends meet. I had a daughter to support at 15, and it was hard. If you have endless amounts of money at your disposal, maybe it’s easier, but for me it was very difficult to be a teen mom.
I mean, look at Sarah Palin saying abstinence is the way, then her daughter is holding her baby on the cover of People. It sends such a mixed message. I really want to teach my children to respect their bodies. Even though I got my daughter out of it, if I had to do it all over again, I would have kept my legs shut, finished high school, and done things the right way, in the right order.
People would look at me in the grocery store and stare. They’d say, “Ohmigosh, is that your little sister?” or “What is such a young girl doing with a little baby?” It was shaming.
I don’t think it was until I was 18 that I could understand what happened. I’m still understanding every day what has happened.
ML: How has this pregnancy been different?
Lyssa: Pregnancy this time around is a totally different experience. I did not mentally understand what I was going through the first time. I hid my pregnancy until I was six months back then. I stayed bundled up in sweaters, and I was living in Alaska, so that was easy to do. This time, I have a husband who I love who is sharing this with me. The pregnancy seems so much longer this time since I had hidden mine before!
ML: What’s it like being on a reality show now?
Lyssa: It’s like having your home videos aired! When we’re out and about, people want a picture with my dad and want to shake his hand. But he’s always been famous in his own mind!
ML: What do you think about the Jon and Kate breakup?
Lyssa: It’s so sad. Everyone was really hoping they could pull through this. Kate really seemed like she loved Jon to me. But it’s another couple who’s gone down doing a reality show, and it’s very sad. People say they broke up because they had cameras on them 24/7, but what people forget is that you’ve known the people holding the cameras for so long that you just kind of get used to them. You just go about your day, and it’s almost like they’re not even there. They’re like flies on the wall after a while. I really don’t think the cameras are what broke them up. My dad and Beth are on a reality show, and they seem to do fine!
ML: Tell us about your relationship with your stepmom, Beth.
Lyssa: Beth has been in my life since I was 2 years old. We don’t use the word “stepmom.” I also have a daughter who is not biologically mine, but we don’t use that word with her, either. Blood is not something that affects love!
Beth is a great role model. The other day, I asked her advice. That morning, I had gotten the kids ready, had run my daughter to camp, came back home and cleaned up, made a meal for my husband, and then had to go film at noon. By the time 12 rolled around, I was totally exhausted. I looked at Beth and said, “How do you do this?” She just looked at me and said, “Oh, I’m Supermom!” I seriously get advice from her day to day. She gives me little time-saving tips, like throwing something in the Crock-Pot for a quick dinner or putting my hair in curlers so I can get something else done while I do my hair … she teaches me to use my time wisely.
ML: Can you talk more about why you don’t use the term “stepmom”?
Lyssa: We just don’t use the term. You see the cards on Mother’s Day that say “stepmom,” and it’s kind of insulting. I see Beth as my mom, plain and simple. When I started dating my husband, Bo, I kind of put this block in front of his baby daughter, Serene, because I am not her mom. But I realized, “You cannot do this … you cannot get into this relationship with this man and have this wall up.” So I look at her as my daughter. Maybe I didn’t give birth to her, but I do everything else!
ML: Where is Serene’s biological mom?
Lyssa: She sporadically pops in and out. She lives on another island in Hawaii, about a twenty-minute plane ride away. The last time she visited us was in September. I welcome her to come and visit, but she knows you can’t be a half-mom. Our door is always open to her. I thank her for going through the labor and carrying my daughter for nine months. She has three other daughters of her own. She and Bo broke up when Serene was 3 months, and Bo took the baby with him and said, “This is my baby!”
When I first started dating Bo, he was trying to feed her baby food and she wouldn’t eat it. She was only three months! I said, “Honey, she doesn’t need food, she just needs milk. Give that baby to me!” I took over!
ML: How was it dating a guy with a new baby?
Lyssa: It was intense! He had this new baby, and he did construction on the show. At the time, I wasn’t on the show a lot so I was babysitting my dad’s two young children, my sister’s son, and my daughter. I had these 4 kids I carted around and had them all hold hands at the grocery store. Bo thought I was Superwoman, and was instantly in love!
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Winners’ Camp wins big with $10,000 donation
by AuthorHawkins Biggins | Posted on DateJune 22, 2009
On May 5th, 2009 Delorese Gregoire was invited as a guest panelist on “The Recovery Project” part of the Town Hall Meeting in Honolulu sponsored by A&E Oceanic TimeWarner Cable. Libby O’Connell, senior vice president of corporate outreach for A&E stunned Gregoire by presenting her with a check for $10,000 to help fund Winners’ Camp. Gregoire exclaimed, “It was a total surprise to get this money, there was no indication prior to the show. I was totally floored, I let out a yelp!”
In what Gregoire described as ‘divine intervention,’ on live television she announced that she would spend the money on a special camp for teenagers whose parents are on drugs. She could not imagine what life would be like for a typical teenager going through typical teenage anxieties and angst and trying to deal with a parent using drugs. Gregoire noted how unstable their lives are, “They never know what they might be going home to. I want to help them by giving them tools to cope and learn how to ‘dodge the bullet’ of emotional turmoil.” The biggest challenge facing these kids, Gregoire noted, is how to avoid going down the same road as their parents. Teaching them to live in the principle of “get smart, don’t start” is a natural for Gregoire.
This specially designed program given by Winners’ Camp will be the perfect venue for providing teens with the tools to make positive choices in their lives. Winners’ Camp was founded in 1985 by Gregoire, as an organization to give teens the tools they need to make positive choices in their lives. Gregoire’s own story has been an inspiration for us all, and she continues to be a powerful role model for the teens in her program and the community. Growing up bouncing from foster home to foster home, Gregoire had a vision to help teens from all walks of life make the transition from childhood to adulthood successfully in order to live up to their full potential. Winners’ Camp teaches powerful lifelong lessons using helpful slogans like; “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” and the five R’s of life “Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Restraint and Resilience.”
The Recovery Project was hosted by Duane Lee Chapman, better known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and his wife Beth Chapman. Gregoire mentioned, “I was very impressed with the Chapmans and what they are doing in Hawaii to prevent drug use and to aid in recovery for addicts.” The check Gregoire received was given on behalf of Duane & Beth Chapman in loving memory of their daughter Barbara Katie Chapman.
With the money from the donation, Gregoire plans on holding a camp and a one-year follow up support meeting for teens with drug abuse in their families. Gregoire says “Our focus is on working with teenagers moving toward success – it is not our practice to do camps with teens with this kind of adversity in their lives, but I’d like to do something meaningful with this money and I know I can do it.” The camp will provide these teenagers with vital information and skills to help them deal with their home environment and show them how to choose a different future. The camp will offer a platform for them to build an “ohana” with teens who face similar situations, giving them an opportunity to have a network of friends facing similar challenges in their lives from the camp along with great peer mentors from the Winners’ Camp staff. Gregoire, always in touch with the latest technology teens are utilizing, is also considering the idea of creating a My Space page for the teens to “talk story” and get extra support outside of Winners’ Camp.
After being held on different locations on Oahu and Kauai, in 2000, Winners’ Camp was given a permit site on Kamehame Ridge by the Kamehameha Schools Princess Pauahi Bishop Estate. The site is called Hawaii Leadership Academy to emphasize the renewed focus on educational and academic training. The next Winners’ Camp which is open to the public will be from July 19-25th. Winners Camp is a leadership retreat for teenagers. “The Winners’ Camp mission is to provide cutting-edge leadership training for teens, their families and teachers; and to awaken teenagers to their highest personal and community potential.” Instead of sending your child to a summer fun camp, Gregoire encourages people to give their kids an opportunity to learn the valuable tools that she teaches teens to make a difference in their own lives, families, at school and in the world. For more information on how to sign your teen up for Winners’ Camp, or how to donate to this inspirational program, please visit the website at: http://www.winnerscamp.com or at 808-306-8008.
After watching the first two parts of the three parter, we have to give a proper nod to Beth and how tough she is. When she pulled up next to the girl, Elizabeth, at the gas station, she hopped out of her car straightaway and ordered Elizabeth out, giving Elizabeth’s car door a jolly good kick and not bothered that the men hadn’t yet arrived. Beth demonstrates over and over that she is not to be trifled with. She will walk through the most grim apartments to find informants, and she will sift through a minging pile of trash as well in order to perform her “garbology”. She and Mary Ellen are a force that, when combined, we dare say are tougher than the men on the show. Those two could clean out the pub on a Saturday night LOL. Hats off to Beth, she throws her heart and soul into her work.
In the wake of all of the hype surrounding the 3 part series of DTBH episodes currently airing on A&E, we have decided to conduct a brief review to determine if the series is living up to expectations. The series starts with a straightforward premise: arrest Marco Padilla. When the initial attempt is unsuccessful, the Chapmans begin digging into Padilla’s family and friends, and the hunt spirals into a quagmire of identity theft and other fugitives who may or may not have useful information. Each lead the Chapmans obtain opens up multiple avenues of investigation, and their search ends up expanding in difficulty beyond any hunt previously aired.
What makes this series unique is how complicated the search becomes and how much the Chapmans’ entire skill set is tested. There is much more action in this series than in most of the previous episodes. In addition, there is increased participation from local law enforcement, the legal system, and local media. Prior to this series, the show was becoming stagnant. Each hunt was predictable and the show was repetitive. This series is much more involved and detailed, and helps inject new life into DTBH. We are aware that as of today, Marco Padilla remains at large. Interestingly, this does not seem to detract from the series. It is still intriguing to follow the Chapmans working a more difficult hunt than their usual fare. We look forward to seeing the concluding episode on Wednesday.
We have received many questions about Tim. We have been told that he is busy dealing with a divorce and watching his children. We are starting to believe this may be only part of the story.
The crew is short of members, relying on more and more on Bobby Brown. Now Lyssa is gone also waiting for the birth of her second child. They tried Travis, but he only lasted one show. Running out of family now.
We find it odd Tim is not mentioned at all. We will look into this. Perhaps A&E could release a statement.
We here at ALL Dog miss Tim. We think it would be in the best interests of the show to have him return, at least for the Hawaii shows.
Hammertime: MC Hammer can’t touch Raven-Symoné
Posted on 16 June 2009 by Robert Seidman
Please don’t hurt me, Hammer, but…The premiere of MC Hammer’s reality show, Hammertime on A&E averaged a very modest 1.123 million on Sunday night at 10pm. I hate to say it was edged out by a rerun of Cold Case at 1am on a Tuesday morning. But it was.
And despite the fact that it didn’t have a million dollars worth of Google Adsense ads promoting it, a years old That’s So Raven repeat at 11:30 on a Wednesday had (just) over 2 million viewers.
Too legit to quit? Not with these numbers. It wasn’t even among the 15 most-watched shows on A&E. Of course the most-watched show on A&E was Dog The Bounty Hunter (1.9 million), with Intervention (1.84 million) and Obsessed (1.81 million) and of course, CSI Miami reruns doing well. But Hammer was also beaten by a repeat of Criminal Minds (1.518 million), Crime 360, The First 48, Gene Simmons a repeat of Independence Day more CSI Miami reruns and Tattoo Highway.
People apparently confused “can’t touch this” with “don’t touch this.”
DUANE “DOG” CHAPMAN, BOUNTY HUNTER: Is he up there?
BETH CHAPMAN, WIFE OF DUANE: Yes. Yes. Yes.
D. CHAPMAN: They’re leaving. Come here. Just hold the house. Come here. Stand down.
He’s got a gun. Dial 911 now from this residence.
B. CHAPMAN: Dial 911. He’s climbing out the window. He’s climbing out the window! Watch the glass!
D. CHAPMAN: He climbed out the window!
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: That was a scene from “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” And Dog’s got a big miniseries coming up called “Rocky Mountain Roundup,” in which he and his team are on the hunt for a well-connected fugitive in Colorado. It’s on A&E.
And here with us now is a preview of all the action, the man himself, Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife, Beth.
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Good to see you guys. Welcome back to the show. How are you?
B. CHAPMAN: How are you?
D. CHAPMAN: I’m great. Thank you.
HANNITY: Welcome back.
D. CHAPMAN: Thank you very much.
HANNITY: All right. So this is a three-hour extravaganza. And in the middle of this, you catch what, I believe five people?
D. CHAPMAN: I believe seven, wasn’t it?
B. CHAPMAN: Yes, seven.
HANNITY: She keeps track. You’re the mathematician.
B. CHAPMAN: Seven.
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D. CHAPMAN: And I think it’s not a — it’s a miniseries but that’s not a Dog-a-thon. It’s three hours, but each week is an hour. So it’s not — you know, you don’t have to sit for three hours.
B. CHAPMAN: All at once.
HANNITY: OK. Right.
B. CHAPMAN: Good thing about this show is that we break up a huge check-writing ring, an identity theft ring in the first episode. You don’t really realize how many people are robbing you, how much identity theft is being done. Huge.
We got, like, 300 — what was it, 3,000 checks, 16 different I.D.s. There was four people inside the first apartment. All of them had, you know, four or five I.D.s apiece.
B. CHAPMAN: You know, these people are robbing our community, our society. I mean, these are the things that are the real drain on our cities.
HANNITY: Identity theft is now becoming a big thing.
I was watching your show one night, and by the way, it’s the longest- running reality…
D. CHAPMAN: … reality show in history. Yes, sir.
HANNITY: Wow, and anyway, so I’m watching you. You are constantly putting yourselves in the middle of really one dangerous situation after another. Do you even think twice about it anymore? It’s just a day in the life of both of you?
D. CHAPMAN: Well, thank you but I watch your show and so are you.
HANNITY: There are a lot of people that don’t like me. Can you imagine that?
B. CHAPMAN: And still come on your show.
HANNITY: But I mean — but you’re out there putting yourself on the line. You don’t carry a gun. You can’t carry a gun.
D. CHAPMAN: No. I use non-lethal weapons. So don’t feel sorry for me for that because what I’ve got will put a mule to his knees. So…
HANNITY: Pepper spray?
D. CHAPMAN: We have paintball guns. We have pepper ball guns.
B. CHAPMAN: Pepper ball guns.
D. CHAPMAN: Pepper ball guns.
HANNITY: Yes, and do you use them fairly regularly?
D. CHAPMAN: Yes.
HANNITY: Now, you had an incident recently where you thought you were being shot at and the charges were dropped, because they didn’t find the shell casings and et cetera, et cetera? Tell me what happened with that story.
D. CHAPMAN: Well, the police did an investigation but we didn’t wrap the guy’s hands when we captured him and there ways lot of balls dropped there. I never saw the guy I saw his body language coming at us and the officer said you’re like throwing water balloons at him.
And we tried to stop him but we couldn’t. But the next — four hours later we trapped him again and he ran again. So we finally captured him. Then after we captured him, we, you know, gave him a cigarette. He settled down, and the guy was from Vietnam.
And I said, you know, “Why did you try to kill my family? Why did you do this?”
And he’s like, “Dog, I’m very, very sorry.” So you know, he wasn’t an actually killer. We were looking for him for a felon with a firearm.
B. CHAPMAN: … and we got — He’s wanted for a felony with a firearm. So the probability that he did shoot us is high. The problem is that our crime scene was overtaken by about 150 fans within about 10 minutes.
HANNITY: Because he was there?
B. CHAPMAN: Yes, of course.
HANNITY: Well, you two.
B. CHAPMAN: That’s OK, we get it.
HANNITY: You drive like a maniac. I’ve watched her on the show. Does she drive like that in real life?
D. CHAPMAN: Speaking of driving, let’s go to the next one.
B. CHAPMAN: But you know, they didn’t really have say fair enough chance to really do a thorough investigation. You know, those things happen to us all the time. The difference is now that the spotlight is on us. Of course, you know, they hear shots fired. The satellite trucks come running. You know, and it’s made a big deal of. It happens all the time.
HANNITY: And people know you’re in town too.
B. CHAPMAN: Yes.
D. CHAPMAN: Right.
HANNITY: So you’ve got to pretty much go incognito as long as you can?
D. CHAPMAN: Right.
HANNITY: And then you go in for the guys that you’re trying to arrest.
D. CHAPMAN: Which is about 10 minutes, because the radio stations there, usually where we’re at, try to say, you know, you get free tickets to Elton John if you happen to find where Dog is. Because then the reporters get the first-hand information.
So everyone’s on the lookout to, you know, find out where we’re at. So the — coming incognito doesn’t count. So we’re saying, we don’t drive by now, we pull up.
B. CHAPMAN: We’re not into filing charges on our people. We’re not into that. We’re there to find them, fix them, get them back into custody on the cases that they’re there for. We don’t want to make their life worse. We don’t want more charges to be filed on them. There is no way…
HANNITY: You want him for the charges that you’re getting?
B. CHAPMAN: That’s right. You know, all this other stuff is done out of desperation.
B. CHAPMAN: And it’s done out of “I’ve got to get away.” And you know, we didn’t call 911. We didn’t give any police reports. Thereby we couldn’t be fudging anything for any reason.
B. CHAPMAN: Because we don’t want that attention.
HANNITY: You didn’t give a police report, and you can’t be accused of filing one for false…
B. CHAPMAN: Right.
HANNITY: It’s amazing how people, though, you know want to go after you guys still.
When I was with you in Los Angeles and I interviewed you, and you’re in the midst of this controversy and your TV show is off the air at the time, and you were pretty broken.
I remember you said to me at the time that you were going to change. You know, in other words because you grew up and the words that you used, have you been successful at it or? Because you said you were finding yourself.
D. CHAPMAN: I have. Right. Well, I — you know, I think that those kind of words are done in ignorance. And I don’t have that particular ignorance any more.
And yes, I have grown up a lot, and a lot of people have forgiven me. I think they did a survey the other day and said 85 percent said, you know, give Dog a chance. The other 15 are probably the guys that we’ve arrested. So, you know, I’ve learned…
HANNITY: I’m glad I’m not — I don’t want — forget about you. I don’t want her hunting me. I’ve watched her in action. You’re tough out there on the road. But there’s — you’ve changed — you’re watching out for him. You’re very protective of him.
B. CHAPMAN: We’ve worked very hard to come where we are. You know, we have a lot of children. We have a lot of influences. We don’t live life like normal people live life.
We sort of run in the streets, you know, where people are using slang and words that are really not socially acceptable. And you know, you get caught up in those things. And people find your weaknesses.
And you know, we have to watch ourselves. We’re examples to other people so we can’t be…
HANNITY: So you’ve changed? You’ve learned and changed, and the show — I understand the show it’s 30 percent higher in its ratings than you’ve ever had.
B. CHAPMAN: Yes.
HANNITY: So you’ve become even a bigger hit. How’s the issue with your son, the relationship there, him taping you? Where does that stand?
D. CHAPMAN: Well, Tucker is his name. Tucker — it’s ironic that last night Tucker went to jail for parole violation for the same things that I was complaining about. You know, I love Tucker. Always will.
I’ve got five other sons, and as a father, you know, I wanted Tucker to come back the second week when he said, “Dad, I’m sorry.”
And I said, “You know, son, it’s now up to your brothers,” because now I’m using the whole family. They’re adults now. And so the brothers are talking to him first, but last night, I guess he — we’ve heard, we’ve been on the road. He got in trouble. And he’s safe in jail. When the ambulance is going by I know it’s not my Tucker. He’s — you know, for right now he’s safe.
B. CHAPMAN: Sean, these drugs, it’s really important for your viewers to realize, because a lot of people out there have a lot of drug-addicted children and they have people in their families that are addicted.
But the drug changes them into someone else. And they’re almost not responsible for what they do, because they don’t really even know they’re doing it.
And these are things that Tucker was never taught, was never bred into him, you know. These are things — these are moves made out of money desperation because he has habits to support.
And you know, it’s a very fine line between enabling and being able to say, “Hey, you need help. You’ve got to go on.”
And so, you know, he kind of cut the line for us because he needs to move on and get some help before he can come back around.
D. CHAPMAN: I asked a guy the other day when I was chasing his son. I said, “Does your — you know,” the mother said, “He’s got a gun, Dog.”
And I said sir, do you think your son will use the gun? And the father said, “Dog, it all depends on what the drug tells him to do.” And at that time I realized, you know, the drug has its own personality. So not just because, you know, I’m Dog and my kids are going to be perfect. I think we all have problems.
So Tucker now has to work through his problems and get fixed, and hopefully, the part of me will shine through in him some day. So…
HANNITY: Well, OK, we’ll hope for that and pray for that.
Good to see you both. Thanks for being with us.
B. CHAPMAN: Thanks, Sean.
HANNITY: Don’t ever get mad at me.
D. CHAPMAN: Please watch these three shows, brother.
HANNITY: I’m going to watch them. I got a copy, as a matter of fact. Going to watch it, honestly. And congratulations on that and the success of the show.
D. CHAPMAN: Thank you, sir
Raven Slated To Helm New A&E/Lifetime Venture
Abbe Raven of A&E Networks A&E Networks and Lifetime Network are headed for a merger — one that will help streamline back-office operations under one umbrella network holding entity, according to executives.
Much of this also involves reconfiguring the existing network partnerships that will eventually see NBC Universal, a minority partner in A&E Networks, ending this cable network relationship, sources said.
Currently, Walt Disney/Hearst/NBC Universal are partners for A&E Networks and Walt Disney/Hearst for Lifetime Networks.
Near term, the resultant company will have Abbe Raven, currently A&E Networks president/CEO, running the new combination A&E Networks/ Lifetime group. Walt Disney and Hearst will each have around 43.75% stakes, while NBC will own 12.5%, according to executives.
Andrea Wong, president/CEO of Lifetime Networks, Nancy Dubuc, executive vice president and general manager of History, and Bob DeBitetto, president and general manager, A&E Network & Bio Channel, will report to Raven.
Walt Disney and Hearst each had a 37.5% stake in A&E Networks, and NBC had 25%. For Lifetime Networks, Disney and Hearst were 50-50 partners.
Talks about the restructuring have been ongoing for over a year, which Robert Iger, president/CEO of Walt Disney Co., alluded to in Disney’s earnings calls.
The big change is that NBC gains access to Lifetime, which initially gets a smaller share of a larger network group. But this is only temporary. Executives say NBC’s share in the new company will be downsized, eventually selling off its share entirely over time to the other partners. In the future, Walt Disney and Hearst will become 50-50 partners in the whole structure. NBC representatives did not return messages by press time.
A Walt Disney spokesman issued this statement: “We can confirm that we are in conversations with our partners on the ownership structure, however, no agreement has been reached, and we have no announcements.”
Iger said the two networks have been hampered a bit in terms of cost and growth possibilities. “We leave some money on the table by not managing them as a whole, meaning one company,” he said a year ago in May. “Unwinding decades-old partnerships gets kind of complicated. It takes two, and in A&E’s case, three partners to tango.”
He added: “There are some tax liability issues — not that they can’t be dealt with. We’ve talked about it over time, seeing whether there is a way to restructure in some fashion. We will continue to explore those discussions.”
A&E Networks has seven domestic networks: A&E, History Channel, Bio, History International, Military History, and Crime and Investigation Networks. Lifetime has three U.S. networks: Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Real Women.
The combination will give the mostly male-viewer-dominated A&E Networks and female-skewing Lifetime Network combination more clout and complimentary offerings for a wide range of TV advertisers.
Patrick Swayze’s police drama The Beast will not be renewed for a second season, U.S. network A&E has announced.
Swayze, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer, made 13 episodes of the series, starring as a veteran FBI agent in Chicago.
Swayze kept shooting the series despite undergoing chemotherapy that he described as “hell on wheels.”
A&E president Bob DeBitetto, quoted in the Hollywood Reporter, said Swayze’s work on the show was “an inspiration to us all” and the series “has truly been a labour of love for everyone.”
The series, which drew an average audience of about 1.3 million viewers per episode, was not deemed to be a ratings hit.
Swayze, best known for roles in the films Dirty Dancing, Ghost and Road House, is currently writing his memoirs.
Now 56, he has acknowledged publicly that he may have less than two years to live.