How Are Programming Leaders Rethinking Genres For A Multiplatform World?
Content producers and executives from Entertainment Tonight, Fox First Run, Hearst Television and NBCUniversal Local will discuss how they’re bringing fresh approaches to talk, game, travel and magazine shows, both nationally and locally, at TVNewsCheck’s Programming Everywhere conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 16. Register here.
TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Entertainment Tonight Executive Producer Erin Johnson on the eve of the show’s 42nd season about its longevity and how a rethink of its social and digital presence transformed ET into something much more than just a TV show. A full transcript of the conversation is included.
Entertainment Tonight has found its newest co-host, elevating Nischelle Turner to the top job alongside current host Kevin Frazier. With the promotion, Turner makes history as the first Black woman to serve as co-host of ET.
Entertainers Penn & Teller will host the Jan. 21 ceremony honoring Kelly Clarkson, Jordan Wertlieb, Kevin Frazier and Entertainment Tonight at NATPE Virtual Miami.
The long-running entertainment show’s executive producer compares Entertainment Tonight’s new way of remote working to a relay race, but host Kevin Frazier is geeking out over getting to use his arsenal of cameras and home tech to keep the show looking sharp.
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Hollywood’s Biggest Stars Appear In ‘ET’ Promos
In a new promo campaign for Entertainment Tonight promoting its new season launch on Sept. 9, the show tapped some top show business celebrities.
Nancy O’Dell is leaving her perch as co-host of Entertainment Tonight after nearly a decade with the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine. The veteran showbiz journalist made the announcement at the end of Friday’s broadcast.
Erin Johnson has been named the new executive producer for Entertainment Tonight. She replaces Sharon Hoffman, who is exiting after three years in the role to return to the East Coast.
Entertainment Tonight is going OTT with the launch Wednesday of ET Live, a 24/7 live streaming app. The service will take advantage of Entertainment Tonight’s deep roots in entertainment over nearly 40 years of reporting to offer entertainment news to a new generation of viewers, said Becky Brooks, SVP of multiplatform programming for CBS Television Distribution.
CBS is eyeing another streaming product launch, this time turning its long-running syndicated magazine Entertainment Tonight into a VOD offering. Speaking at Variety’s Innovate Summit, CBS CEO Les Moonves said his company is weighing whether to turn ET into a 24-hour entertainment news service.
Mary Hart: A Daytime TV Career With Legs
Mary Hart, the former longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Sunday, April 30, at the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards. Here’s look at her impressive run as a host on the first and still No.1 syndicated entertainment news magazine.
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.
On Entertainment Tonight Monday, host Nancy O’Dell addressed crude, taped comments made about her by GOP presidential contender Donald Trump in 2005 and his response following their release last week. Referring to a previous statement, O’Dell repeated her assertion that “there is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter.” She then added, “not even in the locker room.”
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.
John Rizzotti has been named vice president of communications for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. Rizzotti, who spent nine years at E!, will oversee publicity for both entertainment news shows. He officially started in his new post earlier this month.
Kevin Frazier replaces Rob Marciano on Entertainment Tonight, while Frazier is succeeded at The Insider by Louis Aguirre of WSVN Miami.
Entertainment Tonight co-host Rob Marciano is set to leave the syndicated magazine program just 18 months after coming on board, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation. With just months left on his contract, Marciano informed ET he wants to go back to his hard news roots, according to show insiders.
In the wake of Linda Bell Blue’s departure, Brad Bessey is tapped to take over. In addition, Monique Chenault becomes co-executive producer of The Insider.
After 19 years at the helm of the syndicated magazine, she is tapped to be president of Entertainment Tonight Studios to expand the brand. DJ Petroro and Linda Fuller will be taking the reins of the show as executive producers.
Rocsi Diaz has been named weekend co-anchor and daily correspondent of CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight. Diaz comes to ET from BET’s 106 & Park, a daily music video show, where she was a co-host. Diaz also produced and hosted her own radio show for the Westwood One network, Rocsi on the Radio, […]
After at least a dozen stations carried a story on how the election campaigns were getting “a little salty,” with an identical script, Conan O’Brien strung all the copycat clips together and played them for comedic effect on his nightly TV show on TBS. How did that happen? The “salty” story was produced by an “affiliate service,” CNN Newsource, and syndicated to dozens of stations around the country.
The former CNN journalist Rob Marciano will join Nancy O’Dell on the CBS Television Distribution entertainment newsmagazine in January 2013.
CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated entertainment news magazine Entertainment Tonight hits a new milestone today when it celebrates 8,000 shows. In addition, the Entertainment Tonight weekend show will cross the 1,600-show mark on Saturday, May 12. “As one of our crown jewels, we couldn’t be more thrilled to call attention to this milestone for ET,” said John Nogawski, […]
New social TV companion app Umami is expanding on its launch earlier this month via a deal with CBS syndicated shows Entertainment Tonight and The Insider that will mark the start of a push into online video as well for the social TV service.
Mary Hart, the Entertainment Tonight anchor, leaves the show today after 29 years, during which she helped usher in a new celebrity television age. Hart, with her deep contact list and blindingly bright personality, has been the genre’s No. 1 ambassador. When she leaves — of her own accord: she was not pushed — she will be another sign that celebrity-oriented television is undergoing a generational changing of the guard. The gentle world of celebrity journalism is fading, replaced by the Hollywood Babylon of Perez Hilton and TMZ.