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A+E Networks Elevates Rob Sharenow to Programming President, Eli Lehrer Joins History

Variety logo Variety 7/20/2017 Elizabeth Wagmeister
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A+E Networks is making moves in its executive ranks.

Rob Sharenow has been elevated to programming president of A+E Networks, moving up from his previous role as EVP and general manager of A+E and Lifetime.

Former Lifetime executive Eli Lehrer is back at the company, joining History as EVP of programming. Additionally, Paul Cabana has been positioned in the newly created role of EVP of Biography and History Digital, plus Thomas Moody has been upped to EVP of program strategy and acquisitions at A+E Networks.

“Streamlining our portfolio’s creative structure under Rob combined with Paul’s business leadership will allow us to accelerate our creative decisions, deal making and strategies,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks. “Together with Elaine, Liz, Tom and now Eli returning home to A+E Networks, Rob’s programming team has a wealth of experience and some of television’s biggest hits in cable under their belts. I look forward to seeing their passion and creativity lead our networks to continued success.”

In his new role, Sharenow will oversee all content for A&E, Lifetime, History, and the entire A+E Networks channel portfolio. He will work closely with Paul Buccieri who oversees the business and commercial side of the A+E portfolio, and the team that will report to Sharenow includes A&E’s EVP of programming, Elaine Frontain Bryant, and Lifetime’s EVP Liz Gateley, along with Moody and Lehrer.

Lehrer, who returns to the A+E family from MTV2, will oversee the development, creation, and execution of scripted and unscripted programming for the History network. Prior to MTV2, Lehrer was at Lifetime where he executive produced and developed series including “The Rap Game,” “Bring It,” the “Little Women” franchise, and also oversaw the “Project Runway” franchise. Prior, he was head of development at Bravo.

Cabana’s newly created role will have him focusing on an emerging area of investment for the company, History, and Biography Digital. He will report into Sean Cohan, president of international and digital media at A+E Networks.

Moody will be responsible for developing and implementing programming, scheduling, and acquisition strategies for the A+E Networks Portfolio Group. He previously served as SVP of programming planning and acquisitions. Prior, he was VP of program planning for A&E.

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