Margaret Loesch

MARGARET LOESCH is a five-time Emmy Award winner, a George Foster Peabody Award winner, and a recipient of both a Vision Award and the prestigious Chair Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors. She served on the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, producers of television’s most highly acclaimed children’s educational series, Sesame Street.

Additionally, Ms. Loesch earned the prestigious National Educational Association Award for the Advancement Learning through Broadcasting – and President’s Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association.

She also is a 2 Gold and 3 Silver winner of the Promax Awards, and recipient of the distinguished Spirit of Hope and Humanitas Awards.

Some of her other accomplishments include:

  • Raised the financing, produced, and in 2004 distributed, the fifth movie in the Benji franchise, Benji Off the Leash, with creator/director Joe Camp.
  • President & CEO of Crown Media United States and its U. S. Hallmark Channel – Ms Loesch built and launched that channel after first restructuring and strengthening its predecessor, the U. S. cable channel Odyssey.
  • President of the Jim Henson Television Group, Worldwide where she played a key role in the 1998 acquisition of the Odyssey Channel, which was acquired by the Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment.
  • Helmed the Odyssey Channel and was credited with building its programming strategy and ratings, forging a new management infrastructure, and establishing an enduring foundation for the Hallmark Channel
  • Founding President and CEO, as well as the key architect, of FOX Kids Networks, Worldwide which re-shaped the landscape of children’s television with a creative strategy that merged diversified, quality programming with innovative and aggressive marketing.
  • Former President and CEO of Marvel Productions. Under her leadership, the company earned dozens of Emmy awards and industry honors for production excellence.
  • Executive Vice-President of Hanna-Barbera where she supervised the development and launch of over five hundred half hours of television production, including the multiple Emmy-award winning Smurfs.