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CMT programming exec Katie Buchanan joins Lifetime

Katie Buchanan is leaving CMT to join Lifetime and LMN as senior VP of programming strategy and scheduling. She will report to Christian Drobnyk, senior VP of strategy, scheduling and acquisitions at ...
November 2, 2016

Katie Buchanan is leaving CMT to join Lifetime and LMN as senior VP of programming strategy and scheduling.

She will report to Christian Drobnyk, senior VP of strategy, scheduling and acquisitions at Lifetime.

While at Viacom-owned CMT, Buchanan served as senior VP of programming strategy and acquisitions. In addition to programming and scheduling, she oversaw on-air promo media planning, research analysis, multi-platform and digital scheduling and acquisitions.

She also headed up acquisition coordination for CMT’s sister nets Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TeenNick and TV Land.

Prior to that, Buchanan led programming and acquisitions strategy as senior VP at NBCUniversal’s Style Network. She spent 10 years at the now-defunct network (which became Esquire Network) where she worked in development and production, and brought in domestic and international formats and documentaries.

She has also worked at VH1 in the original movie and series group, developing made-for-TV movies.

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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