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Crown Media Holdings Gives CEO $2.5 Million to Leave

schliff05.07.09.pngHenry Schliff, who has been CEO and president of Crown Media Holdings Inc. (owners of Hallmark Channel), will step down after accepting a lump sum of $2.5 million. CMH officials told The Wall Street Journal the split at “amicable.”

Bill Abbott, currently the vice president of advertising sales, will take over as CEO.

Well, Schliff could be considering running for public office. In November, 2007 he told mediabistro.com:

“One of the things I still hold out for my own personal desire is to do something in public service, in government. To the extent that I would have potentially some role in a government position in public service, I like that.”

At the very least, he’ll have a nice chunk of change to help finance his campaign.

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TV Folks Catch and Pitch

logo_large.gifSean Perry, head of Alternative Television at Endeavor is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Television Program Executives annual TV Produers’ Boot Camp on Thursday in West Hollywood.

Among the other promised highlights are the derision-inspiringly named “Pitch Pit Catchers” from companies including Atlas Worldwide, Distraction Formats, Echelon Entertainment, Fox Reality, Hallmark Channel, Hearst Entertainment, Rebel Entertainment Partners and Tsunami Productions, among others. These “catchers” will help “pitchers” hone their skills in face-to-face meetings. Is anyone else giggling immaturely or are we being sent to the principal’s office alone?

Another highlight of the NATPE conference is Wednesday’s planned discussion about user-generated content, social networks, personal videos, and TV Shows, with panelists including executives from Revver, Myspace, Youtube and PeopleJam. With networks and studios so terrified of user-generated content, we doubt anyone will be giggling after that one.