Hallmark Channel loses exec VP

David Kenin resigns from programming post

The management shuffle at Hallmark Channel continued Tuesday with the resignation of David Kenin as exec veep of programming.

The departure of Hallmark’s programming chief comes on the heels of Henry Schleiff’s exit as chairman and CEO and the elevation of former ad sales chief Bill Abbott to prexy-CEO (Daily Variety, May 7).

Kenin will formally leave May 31. Barbara Fisher, senior veep of original programming, and Michelle Vicary, senior veep of acquisitions and scheduling, will oversee programming duties until his successor is named.

Abbott credited Kenin with spearheading the channel’s expansion of its original telepic franchises, and for helping to launch the Hallmark Movie Channel spinoff.

Kenin joined Hallmark in 2002. A biz vet, his resume also includes stints at CBS Sports and USA Network.

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