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Crown Media Programming Boss Michelle Vicary to Exit in June

Senior vice presidents Randy Pope and Darren Melameth will serve as interim replacements

Crown Media’s executive vice president of programming Michelle Vicary will step down from her position in June, the company announced Monday.

“We thank Michelle for her contributions to the growth and success of our networks and for helping to bring the quintessential Hallmark brand to life,” Wonya Lucas, CEO Crown Media Family Networks, said in a statement. “We appreciate the passion and effort she has brought to our team and to the company.”

Randy Pope, senior vice president of programming and development, and Darren Melameth, senior vice president of programming and content strategy, will serve as interim co-leads while the company embarks on a search for Vicary’s replacement.

Vicary is a two-decade-plus veteran of Crown Media, having originally joined the company as manager of programming and promo scheduling before working her way up to executive vice president.

In her current role, she oversees programming and production for all of Crown Media’s networks, including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama. She is credited with overseeing titles including the “When Calls the Heart” series and “Good Witch,” as well as leading the 9-year run of the network’s daytime show, “Home & Family.”

She is also credited with leading the programming aspects of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries rebrand in 2014 with franchises like “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries,” starring Candace Cameron Bure; “Chronicle Mysteries,” headlined by Alison Sweeney; and “Morning Show Mysteries,” starring Holly Robinson Peete.

Prior to joining Crown Media, Vicary also held roles at Evening Star Music Group and MGM Television Networks.