AWE (formerly Wealth TV) is a United States-based lifestyle and entertainment cable network privately held by Herring Broadcasting. The network operates several domestic and international television feeds. The network's primary production facilities and corporate headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is featured on numerous providers including Google Fiber and Charter Communications. It partnered with the The Washington Times in order to provide a 24-hour cable news network called the One America News Network.
The network has faced some controversies in its past; WealthTV CEO Robert Herring involved himself in the Terri Schiavo case and due to his belief that she could be cured, offered her husband $1 million to cede guardianship to her parents. He later produced a documentary hosted by anchor Brian Christie, and came under fire due to his lack of disclosure with respect to his involvement in it.
The network operates a 24/7 channel in the United States, a 24/7 3D service known as "AWE 3D"; and an international feed with alternate programs which AWE carries worldwide rights to.
Since its inception, the network has produced an extensive amount of its signature programming lineup in house and has received numerous regional Emmys for its production efforts. Production facilities include in-house studios, 14 HD and 3D capable editing bays, master control operations and uplink and downlink facilities. AWE is carried domestically on approximately 150 cable systems and telco video provider. AWE's international feeds are deployed throughout the Caribbean, multiple Asian countries, including Thailand and Cambodia, and the Middle East. The network also offers its 24/7 feeds and programs on demand through multiple digital media player platforms.
AWE airs a wide range of lifestyle and entertainment programming, including a significant amount of original programming.Behind the Name – Learning how businesses create a niche market.
Castles of the Ages – Castles and palaces such as Topkapı Palace are explored. Produced by Pam Glennon.
Boys Toys – The latest and hottest toys and vehicles, hosted by Jenn Barlow.
Private Islands – Host Christina Cindrich explores the world's most exotic private islands.
Behind the Gates – Exclusive access to extravagant, customized properties.
Electrified – Discussing the growing trend of electric cars.
Etiquette 101 – Guidelines on the appropriate behavior for a variety of situations.
Focal Point – A documentary series examining current issues and unique historical events. Produced by Graham Sheldon & Pam Glennon.
Lux Lifestyles – A look at the most luxurious destinations from around the world.
Self Made – A look into the lives of people who created multimillion-dollar enterprises.
Social – Danielle Staub visits the homes of the wealthy and successful.
Wealth International News – Anchored by Emmy-Award winner Graham Ledger.
Wealth in the Air – The latest in aeronautics.
Wealth on Wheels – The latest trends on the road today.
Wealth on the Water – A look onboard multimillion-dollar mega yachts.
WOW! – Visiting the most affluent neighborhoods around the world.
Another Shade of Blue – Follow a photojournalist around the blue planet.
Vicarious Escapes – Off the beaten path travel of exclusive and historical locations.
In 2011, WealthTV began airing live professional boxing branded under "Wealth TV's Fight Night". In July 2012, the network aired its first live pay-per-view (PPV) event branded under "Wealth TV PPV". Instead of relying on its own stable of fighters or a single promoter, the network has been involved with a handful of promoters to air live world-class boxing events. The network has worked with a number of promoter's worldwide including Don King, Don King Promotions, Kathy Duva, Main Events, Mick Hennessy, Hennessy Sports, Yvon Michel, Groupe Yvon Michel, and Barry Hearn, Matchroom Sports, to delivery over 20 live events. The network as been accelerating the number of live boxing events and for some events provides complete television production utilizing its staff and live production equipment. In the fourth quarter of 2012, the network featured nine live boxing events, three events per month for October, November and December. Wealth TV received multiple recognitions for its boxing efforts in 2012. The Boxing Writers Association of America, BWAA, recognized six fights for 2012 as nominees for best fight of the year. Two of the fights aired live on Wealth TV. David Price, a heavyweight boxer featured exclusively in the US on Wealth TV in 2012, was recognized by leading boxing authority Dan Rafael of ESPN as the top Prospect of the Year. Company executives have stated that the channel would air 40 to 60 professional world-class boxing events in 2013.
On March 11, 2005, WealthTV's owner Robert Herring became involved in the controversial Terri Schiavo case. Herring, who believed that stem cell research could have cured Schiavo's persistent vegetative state (PVS), offered $1 million to her husband, Michael Schiavo, if he agreed to cede his guardianship of Terri Schiavo to her parents. Michael Schiavo was in the middle of a legal dispute with Terri Schiavo's parents over the decision to remove her feeding tube and end her life. Michael Schiavo rejected Herring's offer and his attorney, George Felos, described it as offensive, adding that Michael had rejected other monetary offers, including one of $10 million. In February 2006, using Wealth TV as his soap box, Herring produced a two-hour documentary hosted by former CNN anchor, Brian Christie. Herring's involvement is only mentioned obliquely. In the program, Christie, who also hosted Wealth TV's The Boomer Show, mentioned Herring's involvement as: "A concerned California businessman, Robert Herring Sr., tries to mediate a solution. He offers Michael Schiavo $1 million to transfer all guardianship rights to Terri's parents." The program did not mention that Herring is Wealth TV's owner or that he underwrote its production.
On December 11, 2007, Wealth TV issued a press release accusing a technology blog, Engadget HD, of launching an attack on it just days after Wealth TV engaged in a dispute with Time Warner Cable, partly owned by Engadget's corporate then-parent AOL Time Warner.
In 2007 and 2008 Wealth TV filed carriage access complaints at the FCC against the iN DEMAND owners, namely Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House, and Cox Communications. As of December 2012, the complaints are on appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of California.