Crown exec FitzPatrick leaves posts


Crown Media Holdings Inc., which owns and operates Hallmark Channel, said Tuesday that chief operating officer and executive vp Paul FitzPatrick has resigned.

The news comes less than a month after Henry Schleiff, former chairman and CEO of Court TV, was named president and CEO of Crown Media (HR 10/5).

No reason was given for FitzPatrick's decision to depart the company nor was any indication given of what his next role might be. FitzPatrick had been acting as Crown Media's interim CEO following the departure of David Evans in May, and it's understood that he was considered as a permanent replacement for Evans before Schleiff was named to the role.

FitzPatrick has been with Crown Media since 2000, serving in his current role since 2001. His last day in the office is yet to be determined.

"Paul has made tremendous contributions to Hallmark Channel," Schleiff said. "Starting with just 16 million subs, Paul's persistence and expertise were the driving force in expanding Hallmark Channel's reach into 75 million homes today. Our company is fortunate to have had someone with his talent and commitment, and we wish him success in his future endeavors."

In addition to overseeing Hallmark Channel's distribution, network operations, IT and human resources, FitzPatrick was Crown Media's principal liaison with industry associations and Capitol Hill on matters of public policy. He was also responsible for the launch of Hallmark Movie Channel.

Before joining Crown Media, FitzPatrick was chief operating officer of the Golf Channel and president, CEO and founder of News Talk Television. He also has been president and chief operating officer of the Weather Channel and was president and chief operating officer of C-SPAN.