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A&E firms up its exec deck

'Gotti' gal Dubuc new sr. VP

A&E has upped Nancy Dubuc to senior vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming.

Gotham-based exec, who will continue to report to head of programming Bob DeBitetto, has been the driving force behind the reality series — including “Airline” and “Growing Up Gotti” — that have put A&E back on the map as a destination for top-rated originals.

Dubuc’s team also has been behind all of the cabler’s successful 2004 programs like “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Family Plots” and “The First 48.”

In a bid to ramp up Dubuc’s department, A&E has elevated Robert Sharenow and brought in Neil A. Cohen to serve as vice presidents. Both execs will report to Dubuc.

“Nancy has done an outstanding job over the past two years developing some of the most talked about and highly rated programming on cable television,” DeBitetto said. “She has taken risks and achieved success after success. She is truly one of the most talented, smart, innovative executives working in television.”

Dubuc will continue to oversee all of A&E’s real-life series and nonfiction staples including “Cold Case Files,” “City Confidential” and “American Justice.”

She also will lead development for A&E’s doc unit, behind such specs as “Who Killed Laci Peterson” and “Saving Private Lynch,” and A&E’s lifestyle block, which she launched in 2003. Destination is home to weekend skeins including “Sell This House” and “Makeover Mamas.”

In addition, Dubuc’s oversight extends into A&E IndieFilms, which just released the ThinkFilms/A&E production “Murderball,” winner of this year’s Sundance audience award.

Prior to her two years as an A&E development veep, Dubuc spent three years producing for the History Channel.

Sharenow serves as an exec producer for “Gotti,” “Dog” and “Family Plots” and will oversee production on the upcoming series “Intervention” and “Knievel’s Wild Ride.” He previously exec produced History Channel’s “This Week in History,” Michael Moore’s “TV Nation” and “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?”

Cohen, who was recruited from Granada America, has produced and developed numerous reality series for the U.S. cable market including “Taking Care of Business.” Before that, he ran daytime production at True Entertainment.

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