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. Both will report to Lisa Chader, Sr. VP, Corporate Communications, CMT. Finke is based at the network’s headquarters in Nashville, and Molina is based in CMT’s West Coast office.
“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.”
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; 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, 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.
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