Delivering holiday happiness 365
Holiday Channel® is the first-of-its-kind digital multi-media entertainment company devoted to holidays every day of the year. Linking joy, inspiration, global traditions, and local communities —all year round—Holiday Channel® offers a cross-platform programming network for all things holiday as well as a continuous pipeline to education and resources all in one place.
We created Holiday Channel® to inspire, celebrate, and unite people through holidays, as well as all the traditions and rituals that accompany them. As the first inclusive destination devoted to sharing a global lens on holiday celebrations and preparation, Holiday Channel® can be a catalyst for more diverse storytelling and cross-cultural education as well as the number one resource for year-round holiday trends, traditions, party planning, decor, personal style, travel, pet life, crafting, and more.
We believe, at their core, holidays spark happiness, gratitude, and real connection, something the world needs now more than ever before. And, through our digital-first network and a roster of world-class series, talent, and products, we can bridge cultures and inspire change. Every day is a reason to share and experience a sense of optimism and hope, and that’s ultimately why Holiday Channel® is finally here.
Holiday Channel is on it’s way
to becoming the world’s premier,
next-generation holiday universe, bringing a global portfolio of holiday inspiration, entertainment, talent, and curated products together
in a world class digital experience.
We are PASSIONATE.
We are POSITIVE.
We are INCLUSIVE.
We embrace CHANGE.
We have FUN.
To give millions of people a reason to celebrate and savor every day, every moment, every day of the year.
To be a next-generation company that unites communities with more joy, more fun, and more compassion.
Meet the team paving the path to the future of a cross-platform network for all things holiday, all in one place, all year round.
Founder & CEO
Reesa Ryder is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Holiday Channel. Reesa brings 30 years of business management and leadership experience in PR, government affairs, event planning, and human resources. She earned an MBA from Chapman University, a BA from UCLA and graduated from Georgetown University’s International Business Executive Program. Her multicultural experience includes traveling to 30+ countries on 5 continents and working for Coca-Cola in Barcelona, Spain. Reesa also holds an accreditation from Public Relations Society of America and a certification for CORO Foundation’s Public Affairs Leadership Program.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Valentine’s Day Favorite Holiday Food: Thanksgiving Dinner — all of it! Favorite Holiday Drink: Hot Spiced Cider
Chief Content Officer
Romell Foster-Owens is the Chief Content Officer for Holiday Channel. She is responsible for content strategy, original programming, and the creative teams. She is an Emmy-award winning producer, director and writer for motion pictures and TV. Romell is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including being selected for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca All Access Program in 2004 and Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Master Workshop in 2009. Romell received an MFA from American Film Institute and a BA from San Diego State University.
Favorite Holiday Movie: A Christmas Story
Favorite Holiday Food: Peach Cobbler
Favorite Holiday Drink: Margarita
VP, RETAIL PARTNERSHIPS
Tamilyn Bonney is the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Holiday Channel. In this role, she leads affiliate sales, retail and partnership marketing. Tamilyn’s professional career in entertainment spans from global retail and partnership marketing to consumer products and digital marketing. She has led major promotions for both film and TV properties for 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, DreamWorks, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. Tamilyn has managed licensing and merchandising strategies for mass retail accounts like Walmart, Target, and Amazon. Tamilyn holds MA and BA degrees in Behavioral Science.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Christmas in the City
Favorite Holiday Food: Macaroni & Cheese
Favorite Holiday Drink: Red Velvet Ice Blended Mocha
Sr. Finance Director
Steven Jaksch is a Senior Finance Director for Holiday Channel. He leads the company’s financial operations, accounting and tax functions. Steven has 20 years of financial expertise at Charles Schwab and Miracle Mile Advisors. A trusted advisor and high performing wealth manager, he has managed $300M in assets. Steven holds a California State insurance license and Series 7, 67, 9 and 10 securities licenses. He earned an MBA from Chapman University, where he graduated with honors and was awarded valedictorian.
Favorite Holiday Movie:A Christmas Story
Favorite Holiday Food:Stuffing
Favorite Holiday Drink:Hot Buttered Rum
Sr. Content Director
Kripa Koshy is a Senior Content Director for Holiday Channel. With more than 10 years of global experience developing and producing multi-platform content, Kripa has led creative teams for premium news shows, docu-series, food reality, lifestyle TV and digital media networks with up to 55 million reach. Kripa has held director, producer, show runner and executive producer positions at AETN’s History Channel, Times Network, CNBC, Ping, and Food Food. Kripa earned an MBA-MFA in Producing for Film and TV from Chapman University, an MA in Broadcast Journalism, and a BA in English Literature.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Home Alone
Favorite Holiday Food:Appam & Chicken Stew
Favorite Holiday Drink:Bailey’s Irish Cream
Sr. Business Development Director
Nick Purdom is the Senior Business Development Director for Holiday Channel. Nick has 15+ years of experience in strategic relationship management, sales management and business development. He is a top producer with exceptional results in start-up, growth-phase and highly competitive dental and medical device markets. Nick has held leadership positions with Southern Implants, Straumann and Keystone Dental. Nick received an MBA from Chapman University and a BA from University of Maryland. He is responsible for Holiday Channel’s non-sponsorship business development.
Favorite Holiday Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Favorite Holiday Food: Eggs La Strada
Favorite Holiday Drink: Eggnog with Bourbon
Associate Manager, Social Media
Hannah Looper is a Social Media Associate Manager for Holiday Channel. She maintains our company social media presence through multiple social media accounts. Hannah launched Holiday Channel’s Instagram social channel and leads our Pinterest social channel. She creates meaningful content including social copy and graphics to increase brand awareness and user engagement. As a senior team lead, she implements and monitors Holiday Channel’s social strategy across multiple platforms. Hannah is a Communications major at Chapman University.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Elf
Favorite Holiday Food: Candy Corn
Favorite Holiday Drink: Apple Cider
Associate Manager, Social Media
Anna Vogt is a Social Media Associate Manager for Holiday Channel. She launched Holiday Channel’s Instagram social channel and leads our new Pawlidays 365™ Instagram and Facebook social channels. Overseeing the digital customer experience, Anna develops unique social content to build communities, grow brand awareness, and increase user engagement. Anna is a Communications major at Chapman University.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Polar Express
Favorite Holiday Food: Sweet Potato Pie
Favorite Holiday Drink: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Sr. Team Lead, Data Analytics
Roy Smith is a Data Analytics Senior Team Lead for Holiday Channel. He leverages and aggregates data to foster connectivity, community, and conversation. Roy graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a concentration in Marketing, and a minor in Economics.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Home Alone 2
Favorite Holiday Food: Turkey
Favorite Holiday Drink: Eggnog
Sr. Team Lead, Film Festival
Claire Garrity is a Senior Team Lead for the Holidays365 International Film Festival, a division of Holiday Channel. Claire brings leadership and project management experience to our team. She oversees and mentors two teams: social media marketing and film festival operations. In addition to Holiday Channel, Claire has experience working in the skincare, house organization, NFT, and technology industries. She graduated cum laude from University California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a Minor in Film.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Elf
Favorite Holiday Food: All Side Dishes of Thanksgiving Dinner
Favorite Holiday Drink: Spiked Egg Nog
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