NEW YORK — A&E and its sister network the History Channel named new top executives Tuesday: Dan Davids was promoted to executive VP and G.M. of A&E, and Abbe Raven jumped from senior VP, programming, to executive VP and G.M. of History.
What set off the upgrades was the resignation of Brooke Bailey Johnson, 49, after 10 years as executive VP and G.M. of A&E.
“The time is right for me to leave because A&E’s ratings have never been better,” Johnson said. She will stay on as a consultant to A&E but said she plans to spend the bulk of her time bringing up her teenage son and daughter.
Davids, 49, a 15-year veteran of A&E, was A&E’s point person in getting History on the air in January 1995. He rose to executive VP and G.M. of History, which he steered from a lowly 1 million cable subscribers to its current circulation of 62 million households.
Raven, 47, is also a 15-year veteran of A&E, having worked in production at A&E until she moved over to History as head of programming.
History’s primetime ratings jumped an average of 33% from 1998 to 1999, and A&E’s primetime ratings went up by 8% over the same period.