A+E Networks restructures, promotes four

A+E Networks has upped four execs, with Elaine Frontain Bryant (top left) moving to History, Paul Cabana (top right) upped at H2, Mary Donahue (bottom left) joining Lifetime, and Gena McCarthy (bottom right) heading to Bio.
August 12, 2013

(Pictured clockwise from top-left: Frontain Bryant, Cabana, McCarthy, Donahue)

A+E Networks has promoted four of its executives, with Elaine Frontain Bryant moving to History, Paul Cabana upped at H2, Mary Donahue joining Lifetime, and Gena McCarthy heading to Bio.

Frontian Bryant moves to History from A&E, where she will take up her new role of senior VP of development and programming. At A&E, she has been the senior VP of non-fiction and alternative programming since 2011, overseeing shows such as Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars. In her new role, she will report to Dirk Hoogstra, exec VP and general manager of History.

Cabana, meanwhile, will take up the role of senior VP and head of programming for H2, a network that he has led for 18 months as head of programming and development. He will also report to Hoogstra.

Making the switch from History to Lifetime, Donahue will now serve as senior VP of non-fiction programming. Formerly the VP of programming and development at History, Donahue was part of the team behind Pawn Stars, and supervised and produced Swamp People and American Restoration. She will report to Lifetime’s senior VP and head of development Eli Lehrer.

Finally, McCarthy leaves Lifetime for Bio. As senior VP of programming, she will report to Jana Bennett, president of Bio and LMN. Previously, McCarthy was senior VP of non-fiction programming for Lifetime, where she oversaw the development and production of the network’s unscripted fare, including Project Runway and Dance Moms. 

All of the appointments are effective from September 3.

In a joint statement, Bennett, Hoogstra and Lifetime’s exec VP and GM Rob Sharenow said: “The extraordinary bench strength of our creative teams at A+E Networks allows us to give key executives new opportunities across our portfolio.

“These exceptionally talented leaders have proven themselves time and again with their vision, instincts and passion. They have been instrumental in our extraordinary success, catapulting A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime into top market positions with some of the most cutting-edge content across the media landscape.”

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