Hearst Corporation has tapped Neeraj Khemlani and George Kliavkoff to be co-presidents and group heads of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. In this role, the duo will oversee the management teams at Hearst’s jointly-owned cable networks and production companies, such as A&E, History and Lifetime.
Khemlani has been with Hearst since 2009. He was most recently senior VP and chief creative officer for Hearst Corporation. Kliavkoff joined Hearst in 2009 as well. He most recently served as executive VP and deputy group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.
See below for the memo from Steven Swartz, Hearst’s president and CEO, announcing the changes.
I am pleased to announce that Neeraj Khemlani and George Kliavkoff have been named co-presidents of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.
In this role, they will work with me in supporting our outstanding management teams at our cable network ventures—A+E Networks and ESPN—and will work with Mark Burnett and his team at our ONE THREE MEDIA and with our partners at NorthSouth Productions. They will be also be developing new entertainment assets for the company, including streaming video and digital media ventures. Furthermore, they will manage King Features Syndicate and Manilla, our digital mailbox service.
Both will continue their current management roles as well: George overseeing Hearst Ventures and Neeraj heading the Digital Studios, which he founded in the spring to help all of our operating units with R&D efforts around digital product development.
The press release below detailing these promotions will be issued shortly. Please join me in congratulating both of them.
Steven R. Swartz