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Lifetime taps History’s Amy Savitsky to grow unscripted portfolio with Bryant

US cable network Lifetime has bolstered its unscripted team by adding Amy Savitsky as senior VP of unscripted development and programming.

Amy Savitsky

New York-based Savitsky joins Brie Miranda Bryant to co-lead non-fiction programming, having moved over from Lifetime’s A+E Networks sister network History Channel, where she was senior VP of development and programming.

Savitsky will work alongside senior VP of unscripted development and programming Bryant, who will continue to have oversight of premium event documentary series and specials, which have included Surviving R. Kelly, Wendy Williams: What a Mess! and Janet.

Together, Savitsky and Bryant will manage the programming and development team, reporting to Amy Winter, executive VP and head of programming for Lifetime.

Brie Miranda Bryant

Since November 2019, Savitsky has overseen development at History and served as executive producer on series including The Proof Is Out There and The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters.

At A&E Savitsky was responsible for overseeing series including Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath and Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole.

Prior to joining A+E Networks, Savitsky served as VP of development for TLC, where she oversaw the day-to-day management of the network’s development team.

Among the franchises launched under her tenure were Breaking Amish and My 600lb Life. Prior to TLC she was VP of development for Discovery Channel, where her credits included Alaska: The Last Frontier, Property Wars and Swamp Brothers. She also managed the team responsible for series development.

Savitsky also held development roles at Discovery Health Channel. Previously, she worked for DreamWorks SKG in LA.

Savitsky said: “I’m excited to jump back into female-centric content on such an established women’s brand.”

Winter added: “Having worked with Amy prior, we already have a shorthand and I know she can hit the ground running.

“Amy is one of the most creative executives I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and I’m thrilled that she is joining the Lifetime team to help lead unscripted alongside Brie. The future of Lifetime’s unscripted content is bright with these two powerhouses at the helm.”

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