HLN Executive Vice President and General Manager Albie Hecht recently announced the hiring of the following key programming executives and their new roles: Keith Brown, senior vice president, programming; Kari Kim, vice president, program development; and Adrienne Lopez, director, special projects. All three newly appointed executives will be based in New York.

“Marrying the talented trio of Keith, Kari and Adrienne to the dynamic HLN team creates a powerful force that will no doubt catapult the network’s brand evolution and invigorate programming,” said Hecht.

In his new role, Brown, who reports to Hecht, will be responsible for overseeing all current daytime and primetime series, editorial and news gathering projects and programming, which encompasses scheduling, media planning, acquisitions and on-air talent.  

An executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, Brown most recently served as managing partner of the NY-based production company Perez-Brown Media Group Inc., which produced two seasons of the critically acclaimed series “The Root 100” on ASPiRE, hosted by CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux. Previously, he was senior vice president of news and public affairs at BET Networks, where he launched and executive produced more than 30 series and specials and led BET news and public affairs as the network earned more than 40 awards, including a national Emmy, NAACP Image Awards and numerous National Association of Black Journalists awards for Excellence in Journalism. Previously, as vice president at Spike TV, he created the news and documentary department, where he oversaw the development, production and acquisition of series and specials.

Brown started his career as a broadcast journalist and was an on-air correspondent and producer for the PBS series “Now with Bill Moyers” and a senior producer at NBC News for “Dateline” specials.