O'Hara Leaving TV Guide Network


TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com president Ryan O'Hara is leaving the network Friday to pursue another business opportunity in New York, the network said.
O'Hara, who took over the network in 2005, oversaw the network's transition from a mostly TV programming listings channel to one with original content including American Idol companion series Idol Tonight and its celebrity red carpet shows, as well as acquired series such as ABC series Ugly Betty.
O'Hara's departure comes two weeks after the Lionsgate and One Equity Partner-owned network hired industry veteran Diane Robina as Executive Vice President of Development, Acquisition and Programming Strategy for the network.
"Ryan and his management team have led TV Guide Network to a strong year of growth in both programming and distribution," said Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer in a statement. "He has been a key architect of the channel's continued evolution into a fully distributed, full screen general entertainment network that will play an important role in the cable landscape of the future."
O'Hara said in a statement: "We have a strong leadership team and a focused strategy to build TV Guide Network into a branded celebration of entertainment and fandom, so this is the right time for me to move on to another new entrepreneurial opportunity that has arisen. I enjoyed my eight years at TV Guide tremendously, and I believe the trajectory of the business has never been better. It is in perfect hands with Lionsgate and One Equity Partners."