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Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

Lifetime Televison

Mary Donahue is Lifetime’s Senior Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, responsible for managing all production of the network’s unscripted series.

Donahue joined Lifetime in 2013 from HISTORY, where she was Vice President, Development and Programming, and part of the team that launched Pawn Stars, executive producing nearly 200 episodes, and developing Counting Cars and American Restoration.  Donahue also developed and supervised Swamp People and Gettysburg, which received eight Emmy® nominations, winning four.

Before that, Donahue worked at Discovery Channel, where she launched Man vs. Wild, Storm Chasers, Cash Cab, Alaska Experiment and Future Weapons, the Emmy-nominated Expedition series, and oversaw Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs.  Donahue also worked as a producer/field director for The Oprah Winfrey Show and at ABC News, NBC News, USA Today and CNN.  Additionally, she served as a show-runner on TLC’s A Wedding Story.

A cum laude graduate of Williams College, with MA degrees in American Studies and a specialty in film studies from Boston University and The University of Sussex, where she was a Rotary scholar, Donahue has received seven Emmy nominations, with four wins.

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