A changing of the programming guard is coming to the
Elaine Frontain Bryant, who most recently served as senior vice president of development and programming for History, has been tapped as the new head of programming for A+E Networks' struggling flagship network, A&E.
As part of the transition, Paul Cabana, who currently heads programming for H2 (History's sister network), has been tapped to also head programming for History.
The moves come amid restructuring at the programming operation, which is jointly owned by the Walt Disney Co. and
"Elaine and Paul are visionary creative executives who over the past few years have been vital to the success of A+E Networks," said Sharenow and History chief Dirk Hoogstra in a joint statement.
"They're both exceptional leaders with strong ties to the creative community who will be developing the next generation of brand-defining hits across multiple platforms for A&E, History and H2," the statement said.
Frontain Bryant will report to Sharenow, while Cabana will report to Hoogstra.
Frontain Bryant returns to A&E after a short time away. She had served as senior vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming for the network from 2005 to 2013, overseeing the launch of
Cabana also returns to a former home. He was a senior executive producer for History, overseeing such projects as "The World Wars" and "How the States Got Their Shapes," before his move to H2 in 2012.