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Mary Donahue returns to History

Lifetime’s Mary Donahue is slated to return to A+E Networks’ sister cabler History after being tapped as senior VP of development and programming. Reporting to History EVP Eli Lehrer, Donahue (pictured, left) ...
October 11, 2017

Lifetime’s Mary Donahue is slated to return to A+E Networks’ sister cabler History after being tapped as senior VP of development and programming.

Reporting to History EVP Eli Lehrer, Donahue (pictured, left) will be tasked with overseeing production for the network’s current non-fiction programming.

The move marks a return to History’s programming team for Donahue, who served as VP of development and production from October 2008 to August 2013. During her first stint with History, she was responsible for launching some of the net’s highest-rated series, including Pawn Stars and Emmy-winner Gettysburg.

Donahue rejoins the network after a four-year tenure with Lifetime, where she served as SVP of development and programming. While there, she developed series and stunts, and oversaw such series as Project Runway, Bring It! and Dance Moms.

Prior to joining A+E Networks, Donahue was executive producer, senior executive producer and VP at Discovery Channel. Previously, she held production roles at ABC News, NBC News, USA Today and CNN.

“I had the pleasure of working with Mary at Lifetime where she produced and developed a number of the network’s hit series,” said Lehrer in a statement. “She is an award-winning producer with great programming instincts and a proven track record.”

Dolores Gavin (right), meanwhile, has seen her role expand under Lehrer. She will now be provided with oversight over non-fiction development for History as senior executive for development and programming.

Gavin joined History in September 2016,  in what was then a newly created role as senior executive for development and production, to lead a dedicated team focused on executing original non-fiction franchises and formats.

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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