2019 Women to Watch Honoree
Erin McIlvain is executive vice president of content strategy and distribution for Crown Media
Family Networks, home of three linear networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,
and Hallmark Drama; subscription video on demand streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now;
and e-book publishing division, Hallmark Publishing. Based in Crown Media’s Denver office,
McIlvain reports to Bill Abbott, president and chief executive officer.
McIlvain is responsible for aligning business development efforts with the distribution of Crown
Media’s original content across multiple platforms. Her oversight also includes forging and
cultivating strategic partnerships that will generate untapped distribution opportunities. She plays
a key role in the ongoing expansion of the distribution footprints for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
and Hallmark Drama.
Previously, McIlvain was vice president of broadcast relations and programming for Charter
Communications where she was responsible for acquiring broadcast, network, VOD, and TVE
content for the Nation’s third largest MVPD. In this role, along with other members of Charter’s
content acquisition team, McIlvain negotiated numerous retransmission consent agreements and
complex multi-platform distribution deals.
Prior to Charter Communications, McIlvain was the vice president of national accounts at Crown
Media Family Networks. She was responsible for negotiating and securing contract renewals with
all national accounts. Additional responsibilities included management of contract compliance and
analysis of new revenue opportunities. McIlvain began her career at DISH Network, negotiating
retransmission consent and linear cable network distribution deals. During her tenure at DISH,
she received the unique opportunity to work for a start-up subsidiary for six months in Hong Kong.
McIlvain graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received
a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, School of Law. She is a member of the Colorado
State Bar. McIlvain resides in Denver with her husband and daughter.