President & Chief Executive Officer
Margaret Loesch is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hub, a Hasbro-Discovery Communications joint venture, expected to premiere in Fall 2010 reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel. Loesch oversees all business and creative areas of the rebranded television channel and multi-platform media venture. She reports to the joint venture's board of directors, composed equally of representatives from Hasbro and Discovery.
The winner of multiple Emmy and other industry awards, Loesch has almost four decades of unparalleled success in children's and family entertainment. Her extensive resume includes the development and production of some of the most iconic programs in children's television, such as Smurfs, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, Animaniacs, Transformers and the award-winning pre-school educational series Bear in the Big Blue House, among many others.
As a chief executive, Loesch's experience includes the launch and international expansion of Fox Kids Network, the creation of the U.S. Hallmark Channel, leadership of Marvel Comics' film production arm, Marvel Productions, and, most recently, the co-founding of family media company, The Hatchery. She also serves on the board of trustees of Sesame Workshop, producers of educational children's programs, including Sesame Street, and is on the advisory board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media.
During her extensive career in the children's and family entertainment industry, Loesch has held senior roles with a number of leading companies as both a creative and business executive. This includes tenures as: Executive Vice President of Hanna-Barbera Productions, where she oversaw the development and production of over 500 hours of programming, including Richie Rich, The World's Greatest Superfriends and Smurfs; President and CEO of Marvel Productions, where she executive produced multiple hit series including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons and Dragons, and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and oversaw a tenfold increase in revenue; and, President of Television, Worldwide of the Jim Henson Group, where she served as executive producer of Bear in the Big Blue House. Loesch's prior experience also includes work with ABC and NBC.
In 1990, Loesch became the founding President and CEO of Fox Kids Network, Worldwide, which expanded under her leadership into Latin America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In 1998, she was named the first President and CEO of Crown Media United States and its U.S. Hallmark Channel.
Among Loesch's industry awards are four Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Vision Award, and the prestigious Chair Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors.