Originally created 02/02/05

Head of Spike TV quits due to "creative differences"



NEW YORK - The president of Spike TV, a cable channel with professional wrestling and a focus on attracting young male viewers, has resigned because of "creative differences" with his MTV bosses, the network said.

MTV Networks, which operates Spike TV, hasn't named a successor to Albie Hecht, a spokesman said on Monday.

Spike has had few watercooler-type shows that would make it break through in a crowded cable universe. Hecht's biggest success was "The Joe Schmo Show," a fake reality series populated by actors. He also helped start the "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge."

But Hecht and his immediate boss, MTV Networks Group President Herb Scannell, reportedly didn't see eye-to-eye on how much Spike should concentrate on reality rather than scripted programming going forward.

A former Nickelodeon executive, Hecht helped develop "SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Fairly Odd Parents" and "Blue's Clues."

"Albie has accomplished much as a producer in film and television and we're beginning discussions about how he might continue working with our company in those capacities," Scannell said.