A+E Networks is switching up its nonfiction programming executive ranks at its cable channels A&E Network and History “in a move aimed to fortify the portfolio’s industry-leading nonfiction programming and development teams,” the company announced Wednesday.
As part of the swap, Amy Savitsky, who previously served as senior vice president of development and programming for A&E, will transition to the same role at sister channel History, and Dolores Gavin, who is currently senior executive of development and production for History, will shift over to A&E.
Per A+E, Savitsky will now report to Eli Lehrer, executive vice president and general manager of History and Gavin will report to Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E. Both execs will continue to be based in A+E Networks’ headquarters in New York City.
“One of the strengths of A+E is the breadth and depth of internal talent, along with a diverse portfolio, providing opportunities for gifted programming executives like Amy and Dolores to lend their expertise and creativity to multiple brands while also allowing for significant personal creative growth by taking on new challenges within the organization,” said Rob Sharenow, president of Programming, A+E Networks. “Amy and Dolores, under the leadership of Eli and Elaine, are instrumental to the continued success of History and A&E.”
Here are Savitsky and Gavin’s respective bios, courtesy of A+E Networks:
Amy Savitsky joined A&E Network in 2015 and has been responsible for overseeing some of the network’s most acclaimed series, including the Emmy Award-winning “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” and the IDA Award nominated series “Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole,” after more than a decade at Discovery Communications where she served as Senior Vice President of Development for TLC.
In her role at HISTORY, Dolores Gavin spearheaded a development team that has produced such series as “Truck Night is America” and “The Food that Built America.” Gavin rejoined HISTORY in 2016, after a stint as Executive Vice President of Development at Megalomedia and as Executive Vice President of Production & Development at Discovery Channel. Previously, Gavin spent almost a decade at HISTORY, most recently as Vice President of Programming.