Albie Hecht has been named Executive Vice President and GM of HLN, effective September 30, the network announced today.

Hecht is currently CEO of the digital entertainment studio Worldwide Biggies, but before that he was the president of Nickelodeon Entertainment and one of the founders of Spike TV. In his new position, Hecht will oversee all aspects of HLN's programming, management, day-to-day operations, as well as HLNtv.com

Hecht will be based in New York and report to Jeff Zucker, who made the announcement today by saying, "Albie is one of the most creative executives in our industry. His diverse experiences at Viacom gave him a keen understanding of cable television, where he created some of media's most well known brands and franchises. All of that, coupled with his lifelong passion for news and information, makes him the perfect fit for HLN."

In accepting the role, Hecht said, "Three key factors made the decision to join HLN easy: the opportunity to further evolve a noted brand, reinvent news in a digital age and work for Jeff, an industry giant. Creating engaging and buzzed about content across multiple platforms is in my DNA, and I am excited to make magic with the talented team at HLN."


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