Linda Bell Blue Ends Run As ‘ET’ EP

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.

Linda Bell Blue, who has spent 19 years as executive producer of Entertainment Tonight, signed a multi-year deal to transition into a new role as president of the newly created Entertainment Tonight Studios, it was announced today by Armando Nuñez, president-CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group.

With this new role, Bell Blue will be stepping down as executive producer of ET. DJ Petroro and Linda Fuller will be taking the reins of the show as executive producers.

“Linda Bell Blue has been an integral part of the CBS family for almost two decades running the No. 1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world,” Nuñez said. “We have created Entertainment Tonight Studios to serve the unending thirst for pop-culture-themed content and to continue to expand the stellar ET brand.”

“We’re also happy to have DJ and Linda leading ET,” Nuñez added. “They’ve both been instrumental to the show’s success over the years and will continue to uphold the quality programming ET delivers every night.”

In her new role, Bell Blue will oversee the creation of ET-branded series and specials for cable, broadcast and digital platforms through Entertainment Tonight Studios.

Bell Blue has been executive producer of Entertainment Tonight for 19 years. During that time, she has also executive produced numerous CBS primetime television specials. An Emmy Award-winning producer, Bell Blue joined ET after executive producing Hard Copy and, prior to that, KCBS news in Los Angeles. Bell Blue also serves as executive producer of the nightly half-hour magazine omg! Insider (formerly The Insider).

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Petroro and Fuller are long-time veterans of CBS. In 2004, Petroro joined CBS Television Distribution and helped launch The Insider as senior producer and writer. Fuller joined Entertainment Tonight in 1989 as an associate director before rapidly becoming a director. 


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Angie McClimon says:

November 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Ah, yes, the corporate mentality of “expanding” (read: burning out) a brand.


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