Hecht’s appointment comes on the heels on an executive reorganization at HLN and CNN. Scott Safon, the former HLN chief, departed the network at the end of August, and CNN/U.S. EVP Ken Jautz has been managing HLN in the interim.
“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,” Hecht said in a statement. “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.”
Hecht is a former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment. He is currently the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio based in New York.
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