History Fills Out Executive Team Under Eli Lehrer

Mary Donahue will return to the cable network and reunite with her former Lifetime colleague.
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Mary Donahue

History is filling out its executive ranks.

Mary Donahue will return to the A+E-owned cable network and serve as senior vp development and programming, reuniting with her former Lifetime colleague Eli Lehrer, who now serves as exec vp at History.

In her new role, Donahue will oversee production for History's current nonfiction programming. She will report to Lehrer, whose exec team is now set. The remainder of Lehrer's team includes Dolores Gavin as senior executive development and programming; and Arturo Interian as senior vp scripted programming. Lehrer has expanded Gavin's role, which now includes oversight of all nonfiction development at History. Interian will continue to oversee the network’s growing scripted slate, including the Weinstein Co.-produced Six, veteran Vikings, the upcoming Knightfall and the recently announced The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton and Project Blue Book.

“I had the pleasure of working with Mary at Lifetime where she produced and developed a number of the network’s hit series,” Lehrer said. “She is an award-winning producer with great programming instincts and a proven track record. I am happy to have her return to History as a member of the network’s formidable senior programming team along with Dolores and Arturo.”

Donahue rejoins the History team from Lifetime, where she was senior vp development and programming. Her work there included overseeing current series including Project Runway, Bring It and Dance Moms. Before that, she was vp development and production at History, where she launched series including Pawn Stars, Swamp People and Gettysburg.

She has worked with The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News, NBC News and CNN during her career and has been nominated for eight Emmys — winning four.

Lehrer, who was at MTV2 before joining History in July, replaced Jana Barnett at History.