Liz Gateley, EVP and head of programming at A+E Networks’ Lifetime, is stepping down from her post, citing a need to focus on her family as the primary reason for her departure.
In an email to staff, Gateley said that “there have been some very clear signs from the universe to focus on my family and truly be present every day for my kids and husband, who have very generously supported a career choice that required me to fly across the country every other week for the past three years.”
Gena McCarthy, currently EVP of programming for A+E sister net FYI, will add oversight of Lifetime’s unscripted content to her remit, as EVP, head of programming, Lifetime Unscripted and head of programming, FYI. The move marks a return to the female-skewing brand for McCarthy, where she was previously an SVP of reality and alternative programming prior to her position with FYI.
On the scripted side, Tanya Lopez, currently SVP of original movies for Lifetime, has been upped to EVP, movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions for Lifetime and LMN. Joanna Klein will continue to oversee scripted series for the net.
McCarthy and Lopez will report to Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group, and Robert Sharenow, president of programming for A+E Networks.
“We are incredibly excited to have Tanya, Gena and Joanna heading up our programming efforts for Lifetime,” said Buccieri and Sharenow in a joint statement. “The passion and creativity they bring to the table is unmatched, and their track records speak volumes, as this team has brought some of the biggest hits in women’s entertainment to Lifetime throughout their careers.”
Regarding Gateley’s departure, A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said in a statement: “I would like to thank Liz for her enormous contributions to Lifetime, and I am glad she will continue to lend her expertise on some upcoming projects for us. I deeply respect her choice to spend more time with her family. I also echo Liz’s delight, and I am personally proud that three strong women will be leading Lifetime’s programming teams. Congratulations to Tanya and Gena on their promotions.”