Elaine Frontain Bryant advances to senior veep, development and programming at History while Paul Cabana is senior VP and head of programming for History’s H2 sibling. Mary Donahue is senior veep non-fiction programming for Lifetime and Gena McCarthy is senior veepee of programming at Bio.
Frontain Bryant has been with cabler A&E since 2005, overseeing hits including “Duck Dynasty” and “Storage Wars.” Cabana has been with H2 for the past 18 months, and before that was an exec producer for History programs. Donahue moves to Lifetime from History, where she helped develop and launch “Pawn Stars.” McCarthy had been a non-fiction exec at Lifetime, overseeing production of “Project Runway,” “Dance Moms” and other skeins.
Frontain Bryant and Cabana report to Dirk Hoogstra, exec VP and g.m. of History and H2. Donahue reports to Lifetime head of development Eli Lehrer. McCarthy reports to Jana Bennett, prexy of Bio and LMN.
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TV, film and theater actor William Bogert, who appeared in a recurring role on 1980s sitcom “Small Wonder” and in films such as “War Games,” died Jan. 12 in New York. He was 83. On “Small Wonder,” which ran from 1985 to 1989, Bogert played Brandon Brindle, the Lawsons’ neighbor and Harriet’s father who became [...]