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Margaret Loech

Margaret Loesch (born March 28) was the CEO and President of Hub Television Networks, LLC and the CEO of The Hatchery, LLC. She oversaw all aspects of the network and worked on the Hub since its launch on October 10, 2010 to its rebranding as Discovery Family on October 13, 2014.

Career

Loech was Executive Vice President of Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1979 to 1984. She has been the first President and CEO of Crown Media United States and the U.S. Hallmark Channel, which it owned. She has also been president of Jim Henson Television Group, Worldwide and served as executive producer of Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House.[1] During the 1990's, Loech was President and CEO of Fox Kids Network, Worldwide. In 2003, she co-founded The Hatchery, LLC with Bruce Stein.[2] In 2009, Hasbro chose her to lead their joint venture with Discovery Communications, the future Hub Network. [3]

In June of 2014, Loesch announced that she would step down as the Hub's CEO at the end of the year.[4] Later that year, it was revealed by the Wall Street Journal that Discovery Communications would buy a controlling share in the Hub, previously a 50-50 joint venture with Hasbro, leaving Hasbro with control over a six hour daytime block from 9am to 3pm. On October 13, 2014, the Hub Network was re-branded as Discovery Family, with Discovery's Tom Cosgrove taking over as general manager for the new channel.[5]

References

  1. Gifted Hands - Crew Bios - Margaret Loesch Retrieved 18 Nov 2010
  2. About | The Hatchery LLC Retrieved 18 Nov 2012.
  3. Flint, Joe. Kids vet Margaret Loesch to Run Hasbro-Discovery cable network. Los Angeles Times (2009-07-16). Retrieved 2014 Nov 2.
  4. Andreeva, Nellie. Hub President & CEO Margaret Loesch to Exit. Deadline Hollywood (2014-06-12). Retrieved 2014 Nov 2.
  5. Lafayette, Jon. Cosgrove Named GM for Discovery Family. Broadcasting & Cable (2014-09-25). Retrieved 2014 Nov 2.

External Links

Margaret Loesch: The Hub: Discovery Press Web Retrieved 18 Nov 2012


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