TLC development exec boards A&E

After more than 10 years with Discovery Communications, Amy Savitsky (pictured) has joined A&E Network as senior VP of development and programming.
December 14, 2015

Amy Savitsky  has boarded A&E Network as senior VP of development and programming.

Based in New York, the former Discovery Communications exec will drive the net’s non-fiction development, and work with Shelly Tatro - who continues to serve as senior VP of development and programming – to manage the division.

Both execs will report to Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP and head of programming for the A+E Networks-owned net.

Savitsky comes to A&E after more than 10 years at Discovery Communications, where she most recently served as senior VP of development for TLC. In the role, she oversaw the day-to-day management of the net’s development team, managed relationships in the production community and supervised the editorial, budgetary and delivery components of development.

Her credits include the Breaking Amish franchise and My 600-lb Life. Prior to TLC, Savitsky was VP of development for Discovery Channel where her credits included Alaska: The Last Frontier, Property Wars and Swamp Brothers.  She also managed the series development team, and held development roles at Discovery Health Channel.

Before joining Discovery, she worked for DreamWorks SKG as a story editor.

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