Chairman assumes control of programming

TV Guide Network programming chief Diane Robina has resigned her post, a rep for the cable channel confirmed.

TVG chairman Allen Shapiro will assume control of programming at the network, which is co-owned by Lionsgate and One Equity Partners. No formal search is under way for a successor.

Robina’s next stop is unknown, though sources indicate she hasn’t necessarily seen the last of Lionsgate and may be considering a new role on the corporate side of the studio. A Lionsgate rep declined comment.

Her departure is understood to be unrelated to the recent cancellation of series “Hollywood 411.” Robina, who came in as executive VP of development, acquisitions and programming strategy in January 2010, has been spearheading the struggling channel’s efforts to find series and found modest success recently with the addition of unscripted series “Nail Files.”

Robina is a veteran of both Comcast Corp., where she led development on the Fearnet channel, and MTV Networks, where TNN and TV Land were among the channels she led.News was first reported by Deadline.

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