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A+E ups Sharenow to programming president; Lehrer heads to History

Long-time A+E Networks executive Robert Sharenow (pictured, left) has been elevated to president of programming for the A+E portfolio. In the expanded role, he will oversee all content for the network’s roster ...
July 20, 2017

Long-time A+E Networks executive Robert Sharenow (pictured, left) has been elevated to president of programming for the A+E portfolio.

In the expanded role, he will oversee all content for the network’s roster – including A&E, Lifetime and History – and will work closely alongside Paul Buccieri, who oversees the business and commercial side of the A+E portfolio. Sharenow most recently served as EVP and GM of A&E and Lifetime.

The global media content company has also added to its executive ranks programming veteran and former Lifetime exec Eli Lehrer (right), who joins History as EVP of programming. He will be responsible for overseeing the network’s stable of scripted and unscripted programming from development to execution.

Lehrer rejoins the A+E Networks fold following a stint at MTV2, where he headed up creative and business operations. Prior to MTV2, Lehrer served as SVP and head of non-fiction programming at Lifetime, where he developed such series as The Rap Game, Bring It!, and the Little Women franchise, while overseeing Project Runway and its assorted spin-offs.

In addition, Paul Cabana moves into a newly created post: EVP of History and Biography Digital, where he will be tasked with managing content strategy for both brands; and Thomas Moody has been upped to EVP of program strategy and acquisitions for A+E Networks.

In his new role, Cabana will focus his talents on what A+E calls “an emerging area of investment”, responsible for creative and business initiatives for the two brands across all platforms.  He reports into president of international and digital media Sean Cohan.

Moody, meanwhile, will manage the development and implementation of programming, scheduling and acquisition strategies for the A+E Networks Portfolio Group. Moody previously held the title of SVP of programming, planning and acquisitions for A+E Networks, as well as VP of program planning for flagship network A&E.

Moody will now report into Sharenow, alongside the incoming Lehrer, Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP of programming at A&E, and Liz Gateley, EVP for Lifetime.

“Streamlining our portfolio’s creative structure under Rob combined with Paul’s business leadership will allow us to accelerate our creative decisions, deal making and strategies,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO at A+E Networks, in a statement. “Together with Elaine, Liz, Tom and now Eli returning home to A+E Networks, Rob’s programming team has a wealth of experience and some of television’s biggest hits in cable under their belts. “

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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