Executive Vice President and Head, Programming Genres & Music Services
Eli Lehrer is Executive Vice President and Head of Programming of The HISTORY Channel, a position he’s held since 2017. He oversees the development, creation, and execution of a broad slate of documentaries and non-fiction programming for the brand. Recent programming includes the highly rated “Grant” and “Washington” miniseries, the “That Built America” franchise, “History’s Greatest Mysteries,” the Emmy-nominated “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” and two upcoming 2022 miniseries on American presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Lehrer joined The HISTORY Channel from MTV2 where he was Executive Vice President and headed up creative and business operations at the channel. Prior to that, Lehrer was Senior Vice President and Head of Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime ® since 2013. In that role, he executive produced and developed hit series including “The Rap Game,” “Bring It!,” “True Tori” and the “Little Women” franchise, and oversaw “Project Runway” and assorted spin-offs.
Prior to Lifetime, Lehrer was Head of Development at Bravo, where he developed hits including “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “The Shahs of Sunset,” “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Watch What Happens: Live.”
Lehrer also worked at Artists Management Group for Michael Ovitz and at ABC News for George Stephanopoulos. Lehrer earned a BA in American history from Columbia University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three children.