CBS O&Os in major markets will anchor the launch of the conflict talk show from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions. Also on board are stations owned by Cox, Meredith, Graham, Hearst and Weigel.
Harry Friedman (right) is the executive producer of two of the most enduring and successful syndicated programs of all time: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He is one of television’s most prolific producers, and his success is marked by his ability to maintain the traditions of both long-running shows while tweaking each just enough to keep them current and on the cutting edge. He will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on April 28 at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Sources say Sinclair and Tribune have agreed to carry the show from Dr. Phil McGraw and his son Jay, first announced in June 2015, giving it the clearances it needs to get off the ground this fall.
CBS Television Distribution’s entertainment magazine will call it quits after the end of its 13th season.
In his first NATPE as president of CBS Television Distribution, Paul Franklin is overseeing a list of some of the longest-running shows in television syndication. His challenge is to hold the line or even grow the license fees for CTD’s stalwart syndication properties in an era when there’s more pressure than ever from stations and station groups to drive down fees.
Veteran CBS News producer Sharon Hoffman has been named executive producer of Entertainment Tonight. Hoffman was previously the executive producer for CBS News’ weekend editions, and in addition to her ET duties will also serve as exec producer for ET sibling show The Insider.
John Wentworth, head of public relations for CBS Television Distribution, will retire from the company in 2017. He announced his departure in an email Tuesday. A CBS veteran, Wentworth joined Paramount Television — predecessor to CBS Television Studios — in 1983.
Entertainment Tonight executive producer Brad Bessey is departing the show ahead of its 36th season. Bessey joined ET in April 2014. Sources say Bessey’s contract was not renewed for the upcoming season, which kicks off in September. Insiders say the split was amicable.
Steven LoCascio becomes chief operating officer for CBS Television Distribution, while Stephen Hackett becomes the group’s president of sales.
The 28-year veteran of Twentieth Television will oversee all of CBS Television Distribution’s domestic syndicated portfolio. His predecessor, Armando Nuñez, now assumes responsibility for all international sales as president-CEO of CBS Studios International.