1:32pm PT by Lacey Rose
A+E's Rob Sharenow Upped, Eli Lehrer in as History Channel Chief
Rob Sharenow's rise continues.
The A+E Networks veteran and Nancy Dubuc ally is being elevated to president of programming for the larger network group, expanding his purview beyond simply A&E and Lifetime. In his new position, he will work closely with Paul Buccieri, who oversees the business and commercial side of the portfolio, and have each of the individual networks' executive vice presidents reporting into him.
As part of the reorganization, former Lifetime exec Eli Leher, who was most recently at MTV2, is coming back into the fold as executive vp programming at History, replacing recently departed Jana Bennett in the role. (In a game of musical chairs, Bennett had replaced Dirk Hoogstra two years prior.) Additionally, Paul Cabana will assume a newly created role as executive vp of Biography and History Digital, which will have him oversee the content strategy and initiatives of both brands, while Thomas Moody will be elevated to executive vp program strategy and acquisitions for the portfolio.
“Streamlining our portfolio’s creative structure under Rob combined with Paul's business leadership will allow us to accelerate our creative decisions, dealmaking and strategies,” A+E Networks' CEO Dubuc said Thursday in a statement. “Together with Elaine [Frontain Bryant of A&E], Liz [Gateley of Lifetime], 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.”
The move comes at an increasingly challenging time in the cable business, with the A+E networks looking to cut through in an increasingly fractured television landscape. In the face of those challenges, Sharenow has successfully launched such breakouts as A&E's Emmy-nominated Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, with June marking the fourth consecutive month of program growth in the all-important 25-54 cable demo at the network.