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Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and General Counsel Crown Media Family Networks

Deanne Stedem is Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Crown Media Family Networks, home of three linear networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama; subscription video on demand streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now; and e-book publishing division, Hallmark Publishing. She is based in Kansas City and reports to Bill Abbott, President and CEO.

Stedem is responsible for overseeing all legal matters impacting the overall interests and rights of Crown Media Family Networks and Crown Media Productions. She provides strategic direction on legal issues pertaining to business affairs, distribution, acquisitions, ad sales, and marketing. Her duties include analyzing corporate contracts, legal agreements and risk management issues for the company, as well as for talent, writers, and production services. She represents Crown Media’s interests in all acquisitions, development, production and post-production of entertainment content.

Prior to joining Crown Media, Stedem was the associate general counsel for Hallmark Cards, Inc. In this role, she managed the legal aspects of various Hallmark entertainment subsidiaries, including Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, LLC and Hallmark Entertainment, Inc. Prior to her 26-year career at Hallmark, Stedem was a corporate associate at Winston & Strawn.

Stedem holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Colombia.

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