On the heels of the change at the top of A&E, with Lifetime topper Robert Sharenow taking over A+E Networks’ struggling flagship network, Sharenow has named a new A&E head of programming. As has been the case in most executive appointments at the Nancy Dubuc-run A+E Networks, the hire comes within the company. Elaine Frontain Bryant, most recently SVP development and programming for History, has been named EVP and Head of Programming for A&E Network. Paul Cabana, previously SVP and Head of Programming for H2, has been upped to EVP and head of programming for History and H2. Frontain Bryant reports to Sharenow, EVP & General Manager, A&E and Lifetime; Cabana to Dirk Hoogstra, EVP & General Manager, History and H2. A&E had been without a formal head of programming since David McKillop was named general manager in 2013. He stepped down and segued to producing as part of the recent executive shakeup.
“Elaine and Paul are visionary creative executives who over the past few years have been vital to the success of A+E Networks,” said Sharenow and Hoogstra. “They’re both exceptional leaders with strong ties to the creative community.”
This marks a return to A&E for Frontain Bryant who worked at the network from 2005 to 2013 before moving to sibling History. As SVP Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming for A&E, she oversaw such hits as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars and Shipping Wars. While at History she oversaw The Curse Of Oak Island, Gangland Undercover; and the development of scripted miniseries Texas Rising and Sons of Liberty.
As head of programming for H2, Cabana helped it become the number one emerging ad-supported cable network, featuring such series as America Unearthed, Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and America’s Book Of Secrets. Like with Frontain Bryant, the new network assignment is a familiar territory for Cabana who was Senior Executive Producer for History before segueing to H2 in 2012. Projects he oversaw include the event series The World Wars, The Men Who Built America and Mankind as well as How The States Got Their Shapes and Top Shot.