Sarah Whalen (pictured above, left) has been promoted to senior vice president of programming at Burbank-based Original Productions, while John Gray (right) has been upped to vice president of programming.
Whalen joined the Deadliest Catch prodco in 2002 as a producer and was named vice president of programming in 2011. As SVP, she will oversee such series as Ax Men and Ice Road Truckers for History, American Hoggers for A&E, and IFC’s Whisker Wars.
Gray joined the company in 2005 as an associate producer for the second season of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, and is currently the co-executive producer of the series’ ninth season.
“Both Sarah Whalen and John Gray exemplify our extraordinary talent pool,” said Philip D. Segal, CEO and executive producer at Original Productions, in a statement. “Through field and post production, they demonstrate unique qualities which continue to strengthen our brand.”
“They have been an integral part of our growth and success through developing new and nurturing returning hit series,” added company president and executive producer Jeff Conroy.