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Your take on 2019: A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant

It’s that time of year again, to look back at the past 12 months, assess the highs and the lows, and maybe make a quip or two while doing so. ...
December 9, 2019


It’s that time of year again, to look back at the past 12 months, assess the highs and the lows, and maybe make a quip or two while doing so. Look for more from our annual year-end survey here at Realscreen.com and in our upcoming January/February issue. We continue our look at the year that was with Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming at A&E.

My favorite factual program/series/doc of 2019 was:
I would say Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly really changed lives and was a riveting piece of documentary filmmaking.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Pimple popping.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Again, I have to say Surviving R. Kelly has opened up so many important conversations that I feel will still be evolving in five years. I think people will still be referencing the series as the start of something big.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
There seems to be me more interest in telling a greater diversity of stories.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
The Masked Singer. It is not at all right for A&E but it is deliciously creative.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Building off of our successful series Live PD, we have been able to create our own little universe by branching out with new programs such as Live Rescue and the upcoming series, Top Dog. I’m proud of the fandom we have been able to generate with these series.

If 2019 taught me one thing it was:
Keep calm and carry on.

My New Year’s resolution for 2020 is:
Continue to grow the A&E brand and remember to have fun while doing it.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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