A&E ups Apter to SVP of program planning, acquisitions

The U.S. cable network has promoted Mark Apter (pictured) from VP to senior VP of program planning and acquisitions.
March 19, 2014

U.S. cable network A&E has promoted Mark Apter (pictured) from VP to senior VP of program planning and acquisitions.

Based in the company’s New York City headquarters, Apter will oversee the scheduling team, and develop and implement the programming, scheduling and acquisition strategies. He will also lead the strategy for A&E’s digital extensions, including VoD, broadband and new media platforms.

Apter has been with A&E for the past 15 years and most recently served as VP of scheduling and acquisitions for A&E and sister network Bio Channel. Prior to that, he worked as senior director of scheduling and acquisitions, and held other roles within the department. He has also worked for Nielsen Media Research and Fox Sports Net.

Apter will report to David McKillop, A&E’s executive VP and general manager.

His is the latest in a string of executive programming appointments. Earlier this week, the network named Drew Tappon as its senior VP of development and programming. He will oversee the channel’s non-fiction, alternative and reality series. In February, A&E hired VH1 exec Shelly Tatro, who also holds the title of senior VP of development and programming.

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