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A+E Networks shakes up History, A&E exec teams

A+E Networks has swapped two of the company’s top non-fiction programming executives at its A&E and History networks. Dolores Gavin (pictured left), senior executive of development and production, is moving from History ...
November 20, 2019

A+E Networks has swapped two of the company’s top non-fiction programming executives at its A&E and History networks.

Dolores Gavin (pictured left), senior executive of development and production, is moving from History to A&E, while Amy Savitsky (right), SVP of development and programming, will transition from A&E to History. The moves are aimed at fortifying the portfolio’s non-fiction programming and development teams, said A+E in a statement.

Savitsky will report to Eli Lehrer, EVP and general manager of History, and Gavin will report to Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E. Both will continue to be based in A+E Networks’ headquarters in New York City.

Savitsky joined A&E Network in 2015 and has been responsible for overseeing series including Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole. She previously spent more than a decade at Discovery Communications, serving as SVP of development for TLC.

Meanwhile, Gavin spearheaded a development team at History that has produced such series as Truck Night in America and The Food that Built America. Gavin rejoined History in 2016 after a stint as EVP of development at Megalomedia and as EVP of production and development at Discovery Channel. Before that, she had spent almost a decade at History, most recently as VP of programming.

“One of the strengths of A+E is the breadth and depth of internal talent, along with a diverse portfolio, providing opportunities for gifted programming executives like Amy and Dolores to lend their expertise and creativity to multiple brands while also allowing for significant personal creative growth by taking on new challenges within the organization,” said Rob Sharenow, president of programming at A+E Networks, in a statement. “Amy and Dolores, under the leadership of Eli and Elaine, are instrumental to the continued success of History and A&E.”

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