Founder and Executive Chairman of RLTV and Erickson Communities
John Erickson, Founder and Executive Chairman of RLTV, developed the network to empower mature adults by providing them with programming that is not only entertaining, but also inspiring and educational. In addition to RLTV, Erickson was the founder, chair, and CEO of Erickson Living (formerly Erickson Retirement Communities), a position he held for almost three decades. Erickson is also the founder of The Erickson Tribune, a rapidly growing monthly newspaper with a circulation of nearly 500,000 readers.
President and CEO
In his role as President and CEO of RLTV, Paul FitzPatrick leads the company’s day-to-day activities, as well as developing and implementing plans for future growth. Prior to joining RLTV, FitzPatrick was Executive Vice President of RHI Entertainment (formerly Hallmark Entertainment). In addition, FitzPatrick served for 7 years as COO and interim CEO of Crown Media Holdings, which owns and operates Hallmark Channels.
Since the early 1980s, FitzPatrick has served as President and COO of The Weather Channel and C-SPAN. He was also COO of The Golf Channel and founder and CEO of News Talk Television. Prior to his cable television career, FitzPatrick was editor-in-chief and COO of Titsch Publishing and worked in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as in the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy.
As RLTV’s General Manager, Roy Ennis manages the day-to-day activities for the network, responsible for the Strategic Planning and Business Development for the network. Prior to joining RLTV, Ennis was Senior Vice President of Production Finance & Operations for National Geographic Television. For over seven years he was responsible for their production finance, production operations, and strategic planning.
Chief Content Officer
Elliot Jacobson is Chief Content Officer for RLTV. Responsible for the design and execution of the network's content and marketing strategy, Jacobson oversees the development and production of all original programming, as well as the network’s acquisition, scheduling, marketing and digital media teams. He has been instrumental in developing key talent relationships and content partnerships (AARP, NBC, AAA and US News & World Report) for the network. Under his leadership RLTV has produced 38 series and 37 specials since 2006.
An award-winning producer and director, Jacobson has written and produced both factual and scripted shows, commercials, and the feature films Coyote, and Sally and Mickey. He served as President of Production for Mallorca Entertainment, Production Executive for Hap Dong Communications, and Executive Director for Laureate Media, Inc. Jacobson is an active member of the PGA and ATAS.
Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales
As Senior VP of Advertising Sales at RLTV, Gig Barton is responsible for developing revenue relationships with advertisers and agencies for the network. Before coming to RLTV, Barton advised media and technology companies as president of his own firm, Stickles Road Consulting. He has over 23 years of experience in cable and radio sales including several years as EVP of Sales for Court TV Network.
Senior VICE PRESIDENT of Operations
Jonathan Lee, as Senior VP of Operations, is responsible for RLTV's enterprise systems and operational infrastructure including Broadcast Operations and IT. In addition, he also leads the RLTV Digital Media team. Lee brings in-depth knowledge of online publishing platforms and applications and has been promoted from a number of positions at RLTV, including Director of Programming Operations and, most recently, Senior Director of Finance Operations. Prior to RLTV, Lee held positions as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Laureate Education, Director of Production Operations at Canter, and Senior Revenue Executive at Danka Kodak.
Senior VICE PRESIDENT Network Development
Chris Swan oversees RLTV content distribution on traditional and emerging media platforms. In addition to identifying market opportunities and fostering new partnerships, Chris also represents the interests of RLTV to various trade groups and associations. Prior to joining RLTV, Chris served in senior management positions with emerging networks including New England Sports Network (NESN), The Golf Channel, and HorseRacing TV (HRTV) and has experience with technology companies such as the subscription broadband platform KlowdTV and mobile lottery solution Datastream Media.