Rich Cronin announced that he is resigning as President and Chief Executive Officer of GSN (Game Show Network) and will leave the cable network at the end of this month after six years at the helm. Cronin joined GSN as President and CEO in 2001 after Liberty Media Corporation bought half the company from Sony Pictures Entertainment. GSN's announcement recounts that during Cronin's six years as chief executive, he brought GSN to profitability; GSN expanded its distribution from 31 million to 64 million homes; the network pioneered interactive TV games and participation TV in the U.S.; and GSN.com was transformed from a promotional site into a destination for interactive play-along and online casual and cash games.
"I am honored to have led a great team of creative business people in pioneering interactive television games and in growing GSN so dramatically. Together we have built a strong business that combines GSN television, GSN.com, mobile/text participation and other digital media," Cronin said in a statement. The company said it expects to name a successor in the next few weeks.