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A&E fortifies programming department

A&E Network has bolstered its programming department with the hiring of former Twofour Productions exec Marcie Hume and several key promotions. In her new role with the New York-based broadcaster, Hume will ...
September 14, 2017

A&E Network has bolstered its programming department with the hiring of former Twofour Productions exec Marcie Hume and several key promotions.

In her new role with the New York-based broadcaster, Hume will serve as senior executive producer and will develop and acquire new content for A&E. She reports to Amy Savitsky, senior VP of development and programming.

A documentary filmmaker, Hume began her career with the BBC in London. She also runs a series of workshops that are aimed at providing women in the media landscape gain camera skills and technical knowledge to help equalize the gender gap for women in the industry.

Her production credits include Discovery’s Edge of Alaska and Catching Monsters; TLC’s Risking It All; National Geographic’s Rocky Mountain Law; and documentaries Magicians: Life in the Impossible, The Merits of Ferrets and Sex Story: Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sean Gottlieb (pictured), meanwhile, has been lifted from executive producer to the post of vice president of development, where he will be tasked with overseeing the development and production of non-fiction programming for A&E. He reports into Shelly Tatro, senior VP of development and programming.

A seasoned producer with more than 20 years’ experience, Gottlieb joined A&E in April 2014 from VH1 and has since overseen the real-time policing series Live PD as an exec producer.

The series served as the No. 1 unscripted series on cable television this summer, and the No. 1 unscripted crime series year-to-date. Live PD has more than doubled A&E’s Friday and Saturday night ratings, with A&E now ranking as the #1 entertainment cable network on those nights.

He is also executive producer on Ozzy and Jack’s World Tour, Storage Wars, 8 Minutes, and Black and White.

Elsewhere, Molly Ebinger has been lifted to the role of executive producer. Reporting to Tatro, the new position will see Ebinger developing and producing unscripted content for the network. She has previously been instrumental in the production of Nightwatch and 60 Days In, and is now working on Lucky 8 TV’s forthcoming docuseries Undercover High.

After having played a key role in the production of A&E’s live specials Critics Choice and Shining Light, Rachel Deel has been promoted to associate producer, reporting to Tatro. She will support the A&E development and programming team and is currently working on the The Murder of Laci Peterson and Cultureshock.

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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