Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Monday, January 23 – Thursday, January 26, 2017

Speaker Mary Donahue

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Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

Lifetime Television

Mary Donahue is Senior Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, for Lifetime.  She is responsible for managing all production of Lifetime’s non-fiction series and franchises, including the Emmy® Award nominated Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, the Dance Moms franchise, the hit Little Women franchise of Little Women: LA, Little Women: Atlanta, Little Women: Dallas and Little Women: Terra’s Little Family, the popular Bring It! docuseries, the competition show Child Genius, the celebrity docuseries True Tori, featuring Tori Spelling; the hit music competition show Rap Game, and most recently, The View Live Election Special.

Donahue joined Lifetime from HISTORY in August 2013, where she was Vice President, Development and Programming since September 2010.  She joined the network in October 2008 and was part of the team that developed and launched mega hit series, Pawn Stars.  She served as its executive producer for nearly 200 episodes and developed spinoffs Counting Cars, American Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars.   She also developed and supervised the breakout hit, Swamp People, as well as the top-rated special Gettysburg, nominated for eight Emmy® Awards and winner of four.

Prior to joining HISTORY, Donahue worked from 2004 to 2008 at Discovery Channel, serving as Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer and Vice President.  While there, she developed and launched a broad slate of shows, including Man vs. Wild, Storm Chasers, Cash Cab, Alaska Experiment and Future Weapons, as well as the Emmy nominated Expedition series with the BBC Natural History Unit.  Donahue also oversaw Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs, growing ratings on both high-profile series.

Donahue also worked at The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was a producer/field director for six years and for ABC News, NBC News, USA Today and CNN.  Donahue also served as a show runner on TLC’s A Wedding Story, guiding that long-running series to its first live event and first Emmy nomination and win.

She is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and holds MA degrees in American Studies with a specialty in film studies from both Boston University and The University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where she was a Rotary scholar.

Donahue has been nominated for seven Emmys and won four times.  Programs she developed have earned 20 Emmy nominations in various categories.


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