Erin McIlvain is executive vice president of content strategy and distribution 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 publishing division, Hallmark Publishing. McIlvain is based in Crown Media’s Denver office.
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. She plays a key role in the ongoing expansion of the distribution footprints for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama, as well as the growth of the subscriber base for Hallmark Movies Now.
Previously, McIlvain was vice president of broadcast relations and programming for Charter Communications where 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 was honored by Multichannel News as a Woman to Watch in 2019. She has been named one of Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women for the past three years (2017-2019) and has also been included on the annual Cablefax 100 list of influential executives since 2018.
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. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, Class XXXVI. McIlvain resides in Denver with her husband, daughter and son.
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