Christian Drobnyk departing from UKTV, heading to Lifetime

The interim controller for the UK broadcaster (pictured) is heading to the U.S. to join A+E Networks' Lifetime as senior VP of scheduling and acquisitions.
August 2, 2011

Christian Drobnyk (pictured), most recently interim controller at UKTV, is leaving the UK broadcaster and heading to the U.S. to join A+E Networks’ Lifetime as senior vice president of scheduling and acquisitions.

In his new role, Drobnyk will be responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, scheduling and planning for Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women.  Based in New York, he will report directly to Lifetime president and general manager Nancy Dubuc.

“I’m delighted to bring Christian on board to Lifetime,” said Dubuc.  “As we continue to ramp up our original programming slate with more than 175 hours of new content, Christian’s experience and creative scheduling instincts will be an important component of our mission to grow the Lifetime brand.”

Prior to joining UKTV in early 2008, Drobnyk was with Discovery Communications’ TLC as senior VP of programming and development, where he developed and launched such series as Miami Ink, Little People Big World and Say Yes to the Dress. He’d held that post from 2006 to 2008, and had previous stints with TLC as manager of programming and VP, programming and acquisitions. Drobnyk also held a post at Travel Channel as director of scheduling.

Drobnyk was appointed interim controller at UKTV following Matthew Littleford’s departure in the spring. He was previously director of entertainment, responsible for overseeing the editorial and commercial direction for the broadcaster’s entertainment division, which includes the channels Alibi, Gold, Watch and Dave.

A new controller for UKTV has not yet been announced.

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