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Meredith Wagner exits Lifetime

Jonathan Katz also departs Turner

Two top cable execs announced their departures Wednesday: Lifetime communications czar Meredith Wagner and Turner acquisitions chief Jonathan Katz both confirmed their exits.

Wagner’s departure had been expected in the wake of A&E TV Networks’ acquisition of Lifetime. She departs after 22 years at Lifetime. Wagner said she was particularly proud of Lifetime’s role in driving the passage of five congressional bills into law on behalf of women’s equality and advancement.

Wagner’s exit comes weeks after AETN cut 100 staffers as part of its merger with Lifetime.

At Turner, Katz had headed up strategic program planning for its entertainment networks, as well as serving as g.m. of Peachtree TV — Turner’s local Atlanta outlet WPCH, which replaced WTBS in 2007.

Katz had worked in Turner acquisitions since 2000, when he joined from CNN Newsource Sales. At TNT and TBS, he helped acquire “Cold Case,” “Without a Trace” and “The Office” and theatricals “The Dark Knight” and “The Da Vinci Code.”

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