John Ankwicz is promoted from senior vice president, production. He heads production and oversees staff for all of Telepictures’ series.
John Ankwicz has been promoted to executive vice president, production, Telepictures Productions. In his new position, Ankwicz will continue to head up production and be responsible for overseeing the daily production and production staffs on all of Telepictures’ television series. He reports directly to Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions.
During his stint as senior vice president, production, from October 2006 to October 2009, Ankwicz was a driving force behind the launch of TMZ, the television show, where he spearheaded a digital production infrastructure.
In 2008, at the beginning of the sixth season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ankwicz was responsible for bringing the hit daytime syndicated show to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank and building a digital production facility and workflow for the show.
Ankwicz has been a key driver behind the start-up of Lopez Tonight, once again leading the team that has built a state-of-the-art digital facility on the Warner Bros. lot, for the newest entry into the late night television landscape on TBS.
Ankwicz is one of the founding members of Extra, where he started as an associate producer in 1994. Over 12 years at the entertainment news magazine, he was the production executive and then the executive in charge of production overseeing nearly 4,000 episodes.
Prior to this, Ankwicz was production executive on many of Telepictures’ first-year projects, including The Sharon Osbourne Show, The Larry Elder Show, Showtime at the Apollo and Dr. Keith Ablow Show. He also played an integral role in the cross-country move of The Tyra Show from Los Angeles to its current home in Manhattan in 2007.
In addition, Ankwicz oversaw all of Telepictures remote productions.
He started his career in the mailroom at NBC in 1986 and when he left two years later, he was involved in advanced planning for the Seoul Olympic Games. After NBC, he worked at Kingworld where he started up Inside Edition and then Candid Camera in Los Angeles. Previous to that he had a short stint at Buena Vista where he was involved in the start-up of The Crusaders.