EVP, Marketing & Digital Programs, The CW
Rick Haskins was named EVP, marketing and brand strategy, The CW, on February 21, 2006. Haskins reports directly to Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW.
Haskins has enjoyed a 27-year career in marketing to both consumer and trade on No. 1 brands across a diverse field of industries. At The CW, he is responsible for the ongoing support and management of the network’s brand identity across all media platforms, extending from on-air to online to mobile. Supervising The CW’s entire marketing department, Haskins oversees all phases of marketing for the network, including on-air promotion, off-net media buying, creative advertising and new media initiatives. In addition, he’s been integral in establishing and expanding The CW’s online presence, building traffic to the network website (cwtv.com) from scratch at its launch in 2006 to 5.4 million unique monthly visitors just three years later.
Upon joining The CW prior to its debut, Haskins’s top priority was the formulation of the network’s launch campaign and initial brand image. As the network’s identity has evolved over the years, he has overseen the development and execution of various innovative network image campaigns, including “Free 2 B” and the current “TV to Talk/Text/Blog/IM About,” as well as the highly successful campaigns for individual series, including “Gossip Girl,” “90210” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Prior to The CW, Haskins had served as EVP/GM for Lifetime Television. During his tenure at Lifetime, Haskins was an instrumental part of the team that helped the network become the highest-rated basic cable entity on television. Haskins elevated the network’s "Television for Women" slogan to new heights after joining the company in 1999, making it one of the best-known brands in cable.
Previously, Haskins helmed his own marketing consulting company, The Haskins Group, from 1996-99. He held a variety of positions for The Walt Disney Company from 1988-96, including VP, marketing, Buena Vista Television and director of development, reality programming, Buena Vista Television. During his eight-year stint there, he helped market such hits as "Regis and Kathy Lee," "Golden Girls" and "Home Improvement." From 1982-88, Haskins was a brand manager with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, overseeing premium packaged good brands like Crest and Vidal Sassoon hair care products.