Albie Hecht, network president for HLN, is in Atlanta for a 2-day network meeting with his entire production staff according to an article by MediaBistro.
Hecht held the meeting in order to discuss the networks next moves. Hecht is planning on turning HLN into a social media network of sorts.
The network has experienced many staff changes in the recent months to prepare for the networks new direction. Hecht, six weeks after taking over as general manager, canceled Kyra Phillips’ show, “Raising America,” and Ryan Smith’s show “Evening Express.” Hecht said in a memo to his staff, “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult.
Along with Hecht’s layoffs and programming changes there have been other staff changes in the network. EP of Nancy Grace’s show, Dean Sicoli departed from the network. Katherine Greene, former SVP and managing editor of HLN left before Sicoli.
Hecht relayed the pitch to his staff, of turning the network into social media television, on Dec. 3, and followed up the following day by conducting brainstorming session with production teams. HLN employees from New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta joined Hecht at a hotel in Atlanta to discuss further moves.