Credits: Head of A+E Studios
Award-winning producer and television and film executive BARRY JOSSEN is head of A+E Studios. In his role, Jossen oversees all creative and business operations of A+E Studios, the in-house production arm of the acclaimed global media company A+E Networks, including creative affairs, production, business operations, and strategy on all scripted programming developed and produced by the studio.
Jossen is currently overseeing production of Season 2 of History’s hit series Project Blue Book from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, about the real-life U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO related phenomena. Season 1 of Project Blue Book is this season’s #1 new series on cable among total viewers. Jossen also oversees History’s drama series Knightfall, chronicling the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades, which is currently airing its second season.
Upcoming series from A+E Studios include Reprisal for Hulu, a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale starring Abigail Spencer and Mena Massoud, produced in association with The Littlefield Company; The Liberator for Netflix, a four-part animated series which tells the riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War; and American Princess for Lifetime from Jenji Kohan, which follows a socialite who runs off to join a Renaissance Faire after her wedding goes awry.
Other programs previously produced under Jossen’s purview include the Peabody Award-winning drama UnREAL, which stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer and gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program; as well as the critically-acclaimed Emmy®-Award nominated, eight-hour event miniseries Roots. Based on Alex Haley’s seminal novel ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family, the miniseries is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.
Under Jossen’s leadership, A+E Studios currently has over forty projects in development with outside buyers throughout cable, broadcast, and streaming services.
Before joining A+E Studios, Jossen served as head of ABC Studios, where he was responsible for oversight of all studio operations and strategic planning, including creative development, current programming, production, post production and music. Under his leadership, ABC Studios produced numerous groundbreaking series, including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal.
He founded and launched ABC Signature, a boutique studio that creates content for off-network and emerging platforms, and helped grow ABC Studios’ cable portfolio with such series as Perception, Cougar Town, and Lifetime’s Devious Maids and Army Wives.
Jossen was also the founder of Disney’s Stage 9, an early initiative in its streaming ambitions.
Prior to ABC Studios, Jossen was an executive consultant for Imagine Television, where he supervised the production of 24 and Felicity, while developing additional projects for the studio. Before Imagine, he was executive producer on the series Grapevine, and co-executive producer on Sex and the City. Previously, Jossen served as head of production at DreamWorks Television and producer at Lucasfilm Limited.
Jossen is a three-time Emmy nominated producer for Lost: Missing Pieces, Sex and the City, and Roots.
He won the CableACE Award for Best Drama Series for HBO’s Vietnam War Story.
Jossen’s most prestigious honor is his Academy Award for producing the 1996 Live Action Shorty Film Dear Diary.