Crown Media Family Networks is doing a strategic overhaul of its programming department, putting the word out today that the moves, which include the creation of a new senior production position and several key promotions, are prompted by Crown Media’s growth along with plans to expand the original content slate.
“Seasoned production executive James Holcomb has been tapped as vice president, physical production, a new position at the company,” today’s announcement notes. “In addition, Angela Polk has been promoted from director of development to vice president, original development, specials. Moreover, Heather Overton and Jennifer Phillips, formerly managers, have been upped to directors of development, scripted programming, while Jennifer Kramer has transitioned from manager to director of development, unscripted programming.”
Holcomb, Polk, Overton and Kramer are based in Crown Media’s offices in Studio City, Calif., and report to Randy Pope. Jennifer Phillips is working in the company’s New York location and also reports to Pope.
“Over the past several years, we have exponentially increased and diversified our original production slate, making it imperative that we restructure and expand our department,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity. “The addition of James to our team, as well as the promotions of Angela, Heather, Jennifer and Jennifer to elevated and more specialized roles will allow us to more effectively manage and produce our amplified volume of original content.”
The announcement adds: “In his role, Holcomb, is charged with ensuring efficient production across Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In close collaboration with Pope, he oversees all aspects of production operations including budget management, vendor oversight, and creative production standards. Holcomb joins Crown Media from The Documentary Channel, where he served as chief operating officer, leading all planning, acquisitions and technical operation behind the network’s launch.”
The announcement also notes: “As Crown Media continues to branch out into different forms of programming, Polk, Overton, Phillips and Kramer are each assuming more focused oversight in their new positions. Polk will assume greater accountability for the production of network specials including Kitten Bowl, Hero Dog Awards, and the American Rescue Dog Show, while Overton and Phillips will be responsible for ushering scripted content, including movies and primetime series, through the development process. Kramer, meanwhile, will manage unscripted programming like Hallmark Channel’s daytime lifestyle show, Home & Family.”