Leading television and film executive Albie Hecht has been named Executive Vice President and GM of HLN, effective September 30. Hecht, who founded Spike TV and was the president of Nickelodeon Entertainment prior to that, is currently the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio. As HLN’s new leader, Hecht will oversee all aspects of HLN’s programming, management, day-to-day operations, as well as HLNtv.com. He will be based in New York and report to Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide, who made today’s announcement.
“Albie is one of the most creative executives in our industry. His diverse experiences at Viacom gave him a keen understanding of cable television, where he created some of media’s most well known brands and franchises. All of that, coupled with his lifelong passion for news and information, makes him the perfect fit for HLN,” said Zucker. “I wanted someone who could build off the strength that currently exists at HLN, which is enjoying one of its highest rated years ever, and evolve the network and its fast-growing digital properties even more.”
"Three key factors made the decision to join HLN easy: the opportunity to further evolve a noted brand, reinvent news in a digital age and work for Jeff, an industry giant," said Hecht. "Creating engaging and buzzed about content across multiple platforms is in my DNA, and I am excited to make magic with the talented team at HLN." FULL POST
Network Bests MSNBC In Total Day
HLNtv.com Breaks All-Time Record
HLN continues its ratings momentum, marking five months of consecutive year-over-year growth in prime and total day in both total viewers and P25-54. In M-F prime, the network posted the biggest P25-54 and P2+ viewership gains among all cable news networks and bested MSNBC by +5% in the key demo (197k vs. 188k). In Total Day, HLN was also ahead of MSNBC among P25-54 by +15% (159k vs. 138k), marking the fifth consecutive month HLN outperformed/tied MSNBC.
July 2013 vs. July 2012
PRIME (M-F 8p-11p)
P2+ +55% (466k vs. 301k)
P25-54 +86% (197k vs. 106k)
TOTAL DAY (M-Su 6a-6a)
P2+ +57% (387k vs. 247k)
P25-54 +57% (159k vs. 101k) FULL POST
Additional A-List Presenters Also Announced Including Rachael Ray, Kathy Griffin & the Ladies of “The Talk”
Robin Meade To Perform Best Original Song Nominees & A.J. Hammer To Host ‘Showbiz @ The Daytime Emmys’ Live Red Carpet Special Airing 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT with Red Carpet Interviews By HLN’s Christi Paul
NEW YORK, NY, June 5, 2013— HLN, the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, today announces ABC’s Good Morning America’s Sam Champion along with HLN’s own A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host this year’s landmark awards show.
Additionally, Kathy Griffin,Rachael Ray, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Erika Slezak, Kristen Alderson, Nancy Lee Grahn, Lindsey Morgan, Freddie Smith, the ladies of “The Talk” including Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, Jason Thompson, Chandler Massey and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have also been confirmed to present. Teen powerhouse Italian Opera trio – IL Volo is confirmed to perform their hit song, "Mas Que Amor" during the “In Memoriam” tribute. FULL POST
Steve Harvey, Bethenny Frankel, Betty White, Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Kris Jenner & Todd Newton Slated to Present at the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Live on HLN
Betty White To Present Legendary Producer Bob Stewart and Wayne Brady To Present Game Show Icon Monty Hall with This Year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards During HLN’s Telecast From Los Angeles On Sunday, June 16
HLN, the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, today announces, some of its star-studded line-up of presenters. This year’s presenters will include some of the biggest names in television, past, present and future including Steve Harvey, Betty White, Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Todd Newton and the newest additions to daytime TV, Bethenny Frankel and Kris Jenner. In addition,Wayne Brady will present Game Show Icon Monty Hall and Betty White will present Legendary Producer Bob Stewart with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Young and the Restless’ hot, young stars Max Ehrich, Bryton James and Hunter King are also tapped to present with Corbin Bernsen and Jess Walton confirmed to introduce the “in memoriam” tribute. More information will be announced in the coming weeks including hosts, additional presenters and show content.
Two Anderson Cooper 360° specials, taking a in-depth look into the week's top stories will air on CNN this weekend, beginning Friday, May 10.
Vanished: Anderson Cooper 360° Special is a town hall hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper which will highlight the frightening numbers of missing persons in America. With John Walsh of America's Most Wanted, this special will feature individual stories of people still looking for loved ones, tell the stories of people who were found and reunited with their families, and feature the everyday heroes who have helped find missing people. Vanished: Anderson Cooper 360° Special will debut at 8:00pm, and encore at 11:00pm and 2:00am. This special will encore on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00pm and 12:00am. All times Eastern.
Murder in the First Degree – Inside the Arias Trial will focus on the now notorious trial that has captured the attention of many viewers across the nation. Now that Jodi Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder of businessman Travis Alexander, this special Anderson Cooper report examines the unusual trial as it enters the sentencing phase. CNN’s Randi Kaye reviews the case and interviews legal experts – including HLN anchor Vinnie Politan – who parse the testimony and the evidence in the now-notorious “break-up murder” trial that has riveted court watchers and television viewers for months. Murder in the First Degree – Inside the Arias Trial will air at 10:00pm and 1:00am. This special will encore on Saturday, May 11 at 9:00pm and 1:00am. All times Eastern.
2013 Telecast To Celebrate America’s Favorite Daytime Programming including Talk, Food, Children’s, Courtroom, Game Shows and Daytime Dramas
HLN returns as the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, it was announced by Scot Safon, Executive Vice President & General Manager, HLN, and Malachy Wienges, Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
“Last year, HLN’s first-ever presentation of the Daytime Emmy® Awards was the #1 most-watched, regularly-scheduled non-news broadcast in the network’s history, and received terrific viewer feedback both on-air and online. Our audiences thanked us for tapping into that vital part of American pop culture,” said Safon. “HLN is the news channel that focuses on stories at the forefront of the American conversation, and daytime programming often tackles those same themes and stories. We are so happy to again present the program that honors the best work in daytime.” FULL POST
Nancy Grace’s handcuff necklace went missing – and everyone is a suspect, including Anderson Cooper!