WealthTV Taps Eric Brown

WealthTV has hired Eric Brown, formerly at Africa Channel and Charter Communications, as executive vice president overseeing business development and marketing and providing strategic guidance.

"Eric has a tremendous amount of experience on both sides of the cable industry," WealthTV president Charles Herring said in a release. "We are honored to have him join our senior staff.”

Brown most recently was EVP of affiliate sales at another independent programmer, The Africa Channel. Before taking that position he was president of Western Division Operations for Charter Communications and president of Time Warner Cable’s Minnesota Division. On the programming side of the business, he has also worked for Landmark Communications, former parent of The Weather Channel.

WealthTV, a high-definition lifestyle channel, has said it has 150 affiliation agreements but hasn't signed on with top cable distributors Comcast and Time Warner Cable. It has a pending complaint at the Federal Communications Commission claiming TWC discriminated against WealthTV to benefit Mojo HD, a recently closed-down channel that was operated by In Demand Networks, of which TWC is an equity owner. That access complaint and others by independent programmers NFL Network and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network have been referred to an administrative law judge 

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