VP, Development & Programming History
Mary Donahue is Vice President, Development and Programming for History, a position she assumed in September 2010.
Known as a hands-on executive, Mary Donahue joined HISTORY 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 Emmys and winner of four.
Prior to joining HISTORY, Donahue worked from 2004-2008 at Discovery Channel, serving as Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer and Vice President. Specializing in character driven series, she developed and launched a broad array of programs, 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. She also supervised stunts, including several of the top rated years of Shark Week.
Donahue produced for a wide range of organizations and programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was a producer/field director for six years. Donahue also worked for ABC News, NBC News, USA Today and CNN. She also served as a show runner on TLC’s A Wedding Story, guiding that long running series to its first ever live event and its 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 19 Emmy nominations in various categories.