Super Channel hires Jenny Hacker to lead programming

The network is expanding and reshuffling its roster of directors following the announcement that head programmer Melissa Kajpust will depart later this month.
December 13, 2018

Super Channel is expanding and reshuffling its roster of directors following the announcement that head programmer Melissa Kajpust will leave the company later this month. Jenny Hacker (pictured) has been hired as director of programming, while Marlene Lone has joined in the newly created role of director of affiliate marketing.

Hacker will have two key roles at the Edmonton-based company, overseeing the development and production of original Canadian productions, as well as domestic and foreign program acquisitions for three of its four recently rebranded channels Fuse, Heart & Home and Vault. Among Hacker’s previous roles is senior director of scripted primetime at CBC, where she oversaw development and production of programs including This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland and Mr. D. Hacker was previously head of CBC’s comedy department before it merged with drama back in 2012. She most recently served as VP of content at social media news aggregator Diply.

In her new role as director of affiliate marketing, Lone is responsible for creating and implementing marketing strategies with the company’s affiliates under the objective of growing and retaining Super Channel’s subscriber base. She previously worked as executive producer of in-house productions at Rogers, overseeing content on Citytv and OMNI channels.

The new appointments are accompanied by a number of other changes within the company’s directorial team. The current director of affiliate sales and marketing, Grant Campbell, now has a revised role of director of affiliate sales. Meanwhile current manager, information technology Carole Ljuden will now serve as director of information technology, and Craig Miller, manager of operations, is now director of operations.

Hacker and Lone’s positions are based in Toronto and began Dec. 10. Campbell, Ljuden and Miller are based in Edmonton. Both Hacker and Lone will report to Super Channel president and CEO Don McDonald.

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