Elaine Frontain Bryant

executive vice president & head of programming
A&E Network

Elaine Frontain Bryant is Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E Network, a position she has held since March 2015. She manages the A&E programming team and is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of all programming for the network. She is also charged with integrating new programming with digital initiatives and developing ways to expand the brand across multiple platforms. She reports to Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime.

Under Frontain Bryant, the A&E programming team has developed a bold and critically acclaimed non-fiction programming slate.  Among the series Frontain Bryant has launched is the 2016 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Programming and recipient of a 2016 Television Academy Honors, Born This Way.   She developed the top two new unscripted cable series of 2016, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath which ranked #1, and 60 Days In which ranked #2.  Frontain Bryant launched the network’s cutting-edge series, Live PD, which broadcasts live on Friday and Saturday nights and has become one of the top crime and justice programs on cable.  A&E currently has three of the top five non-fiction crime series in cable with 60 Days In, Nightwatch and The First 48.

Frontain Bryant is leading the relaunch of the acclaimed Biography series, with episodes on Biggie Smalls, Tupac and David Koresh, among others.  She spearheaded the relaunch of two acclaimed A&E franchises, the Emmy Award winning Intervention and the Emmy Award nominated Cold Case Files.  She also serves as Executive Producer on several documentary features from the A&E IndieFilms theatrical slate including City of Ghosts from Emmy Award® winner Matthew Heineman and Erik Nelson’s A Gray State.

Frontain Bryant was previously Senior Vice President of Programming and Development at HISTORY where she oversaw series including The Curse of Oak Island, Forged in Fire, Alone and Hunting Hitler, and worked on development of scripted fair including Texas Rising and Sons of Liberty.  Prior to joining HISTORY, Frontain Bryant served as Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming for A&E Network, responsible for such hits as Wahlburgers, Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars.

Earlier in her career, Frontain Bryant served as Vice President, Creative Development and Production at Magna Global Entertainment, overseeing the creation and production of original television programming. She directed and produced two seasons of the non-scripted series Girls vs Boys and produced more than 15 episodes of the Peabody Award-winning A Walk in Your Shoes.

Frontain Bryant also produced the independent film The Farmhouse. She served as director of creative affairs for Fred Berner Films and associate-produced the Emmy-nominated special About Us: The Dignity of Children.

Frontain Bryant is a graduate of Texas Christian University and lives in New York with her husband and daughters.


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