CMT ADDS TWO PROGRAM PUBLICITY VICE PRESIDENTS CINDY MCLEAN FINKE AND STEPHANIE MOLINA
Finke and Molina Lead CMT PR Efforts in Nashville and in Los Angeles, Respectively
NASHVILLE, LOS ANGELES – March 26, 2013 – CMT has promoted Cindy McLean Finke to Vice President, Program Publicity and Communications, while Stephanie Molina joins the network as Vice President, Program Publicity for the West Coast office, it was announced today by Lisa Chader, SVP Corporate Communications, CMT. In their new roles, both Finke and Molina will spearhead the press campaign for the upcoming series launch of DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT, premiering April 21; and the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on June 5. Finke is based at the network’s headquarters in Nashville, and Molina is based in CMT’s West Coast office. Both will report to Chader, effective immediately.
“Cindy and Stephanie make a fantastic and experienced team, and are uniquely suited to lead CMT’s press efforts at a time of lightning-fast growth at the network,” said Chader. “Both are well-respected within the entertainment industry and amongst their peers, and I’m thrilled to have them in leadership roles.”
Cindy McLean Finke joined the CMT Corporate Communications team as Senior Publicist in 2002. Since then she has led publicity efforts for such shows as the critically-acclaimed series, CMT CROSSROADS; the CMT MUSIC AWARDS; CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR; films under the CMT ORIGINAL MOVIES franchise, and more. In addition to leading the efforts on most Nashville and music-based shows and events, she will handle publicity for DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT and the network’s first animated project, BOUNTY HUNTERS, premiering later this summer. Prior to CMT, Finke was a publicist at E! Entertainment Television and The Style Network, creating and managing publicity campaigns for primetime series and specials including “The E! True Hollywood Story,” “Celebrity Homes” and “Nigella Bites.” Finke has also worked in the publicity department for Showtime Networks Inc.
Leading original programming publicity efforts on the West Coast, Stephanie Molina will work closely with Jayson Dinsmore, EVP Programming and Development, and his team. Molina comes to CMT from Rogers & Cowan, where she was VP of Television, handling such accounts as Food Network, Oxygen, G4, BET, 19 Entertainment, Electric Entertainment, “American Idol,” ”So You Think You Can Dance,” executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe as well as representation of Nigel Lythgoe Productions (NLP) in conjunction with Shine America. Prior to Rogers & Cowan, Molina was with PR agency, BWR, where she also represented “American Idol,” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and its executive producers, as well as developed and executed the plan for AEG and 19 Entertainment’s corresponding nationwide tours for seven seasons. She has also worked with Bunim/Murray and Twentieth Century Fox’s syndicated court shows.
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
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