E! veteran Cyndi McClellan, President of Network Strategy & E! News, is exiting after a 12-year stint at the network. There is no immediate replacement for McClellan who just informed the E! News staff of her decision.
McClellan joined then-Comcast network E! in 2002 as VP Research, spearheading programming acquisitions. She oversaw E!’s acquisition of Sex And The City and helped build E!’s Movies We Love franchise with film acquisitions. She was upped to EVP, Research & Program Strategy, Comcast Entertainment Group, evaluating program opportunities for E!, Style and G4. Following the 2011 merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, McClellan was promoted to President of Network Strategy & E! News by then-newly appointed E! president Suzanne Kolb. Kolb recently left the network as part of a division-wide restructuring that saw Frances Berwick take over the lifestyle networks portion of the NBCU cable portfolio and Adam Stotsky named E! general manager.
“Cyndi has been an integral part of E!’s growth to become the #1 entertainment news brand for over 12 years, and she will be greatly missed by for her talent, leadership and friendship,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement. “Having led three different divisions throughout her tenure, Cyndi has touched all of us here with her consummate professionalism, creativity and strategic vision. Whatever she undertakes next, we’ll all be watching and cheering her on.”