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Executive Vice President, Distribution & Content Strategy

Erin McIlvain is executive vice president of distribution and content strategy for Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which is owned and operated by Hallmark Cards, Inc. Based in Crown Media’s Denver office, McIlvain reports to Bill Abbott, president and chief executive officer.

In this role, McIlvain is responsible for aligning business development efforts with the distribution of Crown Media’s original content across multiple platforms. Her oversight also includes forging and cultivating strategic partnerships that will generate untapped distribution opportunities.

Recently, McIlvain was vice president of broadcast relations and programming for Charter Communications. She was responsible for acquiring broadcast, network, VOD and TVE content for the Nation’s third largest MVPD.  In this role, along with other members of Charter’s content acquisition team, McIlvain negotiated numerous retransmission consent agreements and complex multi-platform distribution deals.

Prior to Charter Communications, McIlvain was the vice president of national accounts at Crown Media Family Networks. She was responsible for negotiating and securing contract renewals with all national accounts. Additional responsibilities included management of contract compliance and analysis of new revenue opportunities. McIlvain began her career at DISH Network, negotiating retransmission consent and linear cable network distribution deals. During her tenure at DISH, she received the unique opportunity to work for a start-up subsidiary for six months in Hong Kong.

McIlvain graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, School of Law.  She is a member of the Colorado State Bar. McIlvain resides in Denver with her husband and daughter.


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