Several Biography specials were produced in 1994 and 1995. A&E expanded the "Biography" brand into a franchise with a website in July 1996, a children's version launched in fall 1996. Formerly only direct sales, A&E Home Video initiated a six-month trial in which Barnes & Noble would sell the "Biography" line in stores and becoming permanent in 1996. In 1997, the franchise was further expanded with an audio tape line, telefilm development, a Crown Publishing Group published short biography line and debuted its magazine which replace A&E Monthly. With the 1998–99 season, "Biography: American Justice" and "Biography Movies" debut. 
In December 2013, A+E Networks announced that The Biography Channel would be rebranded as FYI , a contemporary lifestyle network, starting in mid 2014.  By February, FYI had a slate of six new series including three food series, two home design series, and one style series. Other shows were also in development,  Two of the shows in development had pilot orders, Red Hot Design and Jennifer’s Way .  In April, Midnight Feast was greenlit for the new channel while 2 others were order to pilot, Say It To My Face and Reverse Course .