Entertainment Studios Taps Cindy Kelly To Head Up Ad Sales

Entertainment Studios, Inc., has appointed Cindy Kelly as its president of advertising sales. the network said Monday.

Kelly in her new role will be responsible for advertising and sponsorship accounts across all seven of Entertainment Studios' portfolio of cable television and digital networks, said company officials. 

Most recently Kelly served as  senior vice president of strategic sales & solutions for ION Media Networks. She has also held similar positions with Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel) and with AOL/Time Warner-Turner Broadcasting.  

“Cindy Kelly brings an enormous amount of industry advertising sales experience to our networks,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios in a statement. “With the addition of Cindy to our team, we have increased our competitive edge as we continue to expand our global initiatives and distribution platforms.”

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