Robert DeBitetto has been promoted to head of A&E Network, filling the spot left vacant in March when Abbe Raven moved into the role of president/CEO of A&E Television Networks.

(The Hollywood Reporter) -- Robert DeBitetto has been promoted to head of A&E Network, filling the spot left vacant in March when Abbe Raven moved into the role of president/CEO of A&E Television Networks.

As executive VP/GM of A&E, DeBitetto will be responsible for the cable network's strategic planning, programming, consumer marketing, brand development, public relations and on-air promotions. He also will oversee the Biography Channel and the Crime & Investigation Network.

In his most recent position as executive VP programming, DeBitetto oversaw A&E's programming strategies and the creative development of original movies, series, documentaries and specials as well as scheduling and acquisition strategy. He's overseen the development of such hit series as "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and "Growing Up Gotti" and was a key player in several acquisition deals, including those for "The Sopranos" (from HBO), "24" (from Twentieth Television) and "CSI: Miami" (from King World).

Raven pointed to the growth A&E has been experiencing since DeBitetto joined the network two years ago. Since then, A&E has seen double-digit percentage increases in its target demo of adults 25-54 as well as in adults 18-49. In addition, the network's median viewer age has decreased by 10 years, to 50. She also noted A&E's 24 Emmy nominations last year -- more than any other basic cable network in history.

Before joining A&E in 2003, DeBitetto spent seven years at Turner in a range of executive positions, including president of original programming at TNT. Before that, he was with the Disney Motion Pictures Group, where his positions included senior VP.