Hilary Estey McLoughlin is the President of Telepictures Productions, the position she has held since August 2006. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the company, including development, programming, digital and integrations. Telepictures mission is to create innovative, multiplatform advertiser friendly television and digital content for the syndication, cable and digital marketplace.
Telepictures is an Emmy® Award-winning producer having garnered 70 Emmys® in 16 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 13 of the last 15 years. Ellen won the Emmy® for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment in 2010 and 2011. This year, Telepictures received 15 Emmy® nominations, including 12 nominations for Ellen and three for Anderson Live, with both shows nominated as Outstanding Talk Show in their respective Entertainment and Informative categories.
Telepictures is producing Bethenny, a new daytime talk program, hosted by reality star/entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, that launches nationwide in Fall 2013 and has been cleared in over 97% of the country as of January 2013, following a successful six-week summer test on select FOX-owned stations. Bethenny brings her honesty and real and unfiltered approach to every conversation. Originating from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, Bethenny is produced by Telepictures and A Very Good Production, Ellen DeGeneres’ production company.
Telepictures produces the 19th season of Extra, the second longest-running entertainment news magazine on television, with hosts Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos reporting in front of a live audience from the show’s location at The Grove in Los Angeles; the 14th season of the hour-long court series Judge Mathis and the 29th season of The People’s Court, which are the #2 and #3 court show respectively during the November ’12 sweep. Additionally, both shows are proven recruiters, delivering the highest percentage gains over lead-in in the genre (Source: NSI, WRAP Sweeps, Live+7, weighted average, ¼ hour lead-in share); the sophomore season of the Emmy® nominated Anderson Live, hosted by Anderson Cooper, who brings his experience as an award-winning journalist and storyteller, passionate voice and informed perspective to the nationally syndicated daily one-hour daytime talk show; and the freshman season of Let’s Ask America, a daily half-hour interactive show where contestants can win up to $50K from home via Skype by correctly predicting answers to poll questions about fun and irreverent topics, currently airing on 14 Scripps Television Stations.
Telepictures has continued to grow and to serve its audience, expanding its business onto new platforms with authentic brand extensions and revenue generating initiatives.
Telepictures is the first media company to have had a cross-platform media success with TMZ, the most cited entertainment news source in the world utilized by thousands of global newsgathering organizations with its 24/7 coverage. In 2012, TMZ was 4th on the Zeitgest 2012 Most “Google Searched” News Sources, ranking only behind, ESPN, MSN and CNN and ranking above sources such as MSNBC and The New York Times.
After a successful six month test on seven FOX stations, TMZ now has a second television brand, TMZ Live, that originated on and concurrently runs on TMZ.com which is a one-hour daily entertainment news program, that brings viewers the real story behind the entertainment headlines from the inside perspective of the TMZ staff. The show will expand to 17 FOX-owned stations beginning in Fall 2013. TMZ Live blends elements of the TMZ website with TV in an interactive format, combining live conversation with TMZ staff in the newsroom and the voice of the viewer via Skype, phone and Twitter. TMZ has also expanded its range into the world of radio, with TMZ Live, airing on SiriusXM, and TMZ Radio, a national weekday vignette for entertainment radio stations, in partnership with Premiere Networks. TMZ has extended to a fourth platform to allow audiences an additional way to interact with the franchise with “The TMZ Hollywood Tour - Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots,” a tour of celebrity hot spots in and around Hollywood, on a special custom-designed bus in partnership with Starline Tours.
In the tenth season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the talk show is reaching more viewers this season than ever before, with an average of 3.4MM per telecast and is having its highest rated season ever among Households (2.5 rating), growing +4% over last season. Ellen is also dominating its core Women 25-54 demo (1.7 rating), improving +13% from last year and ranking as the #1 Talk show this season (Source: NSS, Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD, 2012/13 STD=9/10/12-2/10/13).
Telepictures has demonstrated social media innovation across its programming. Encompassing a three-screen platform, Ellen has garnered over 9.4 million Facebook fans, 16.9 million Twitter followers, and has become the #16 most-viewed YouTube channel of all time. Ellen has combined forces with Sojo Studios on two games, WeTopia and Joy Kingdom. This partnership's mission is to provide fun and easily accessible ways for users to participate in creating impactful and ongoing social good on a charitable platform.
A Warner Bros. veteran of 26 years, Estey McLoughlin was instrumental in developing and launching such series as The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Queen Latifah, Jenny Jones, Street Smarts, Change of Heart, HBO’s Taxicab Confessions, and The Tyra Show. Before being named to her current position, Estey McLoughlin had most recently served as Executive Vice President & General Manager, Telepictures Productions, since July 2002, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the division. Before that, she served three years as Senior Vice President, Programming & Development, where she was responsible for expanding the company’s development and production activities in New York. Estey McLoughlin also served as Vice President, Programming, Telepictures Productions, following 18 months as an Executive Producer of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, where she worked alongside Rosie O’Donnell, winning the 1998 and 1999 Daytime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Talk Show. Preceding her move to Executive Producer, Estey McLoughlin was Vice President, Development for Telepictures Productions. In 1984, Estey McLoughlin began her career as a research analyst for Seltel, Inc. She joined the Lorimar-Telepictures research department in 1986, holding various titles including senior research analyst, manager and director of research. She was named Director, Development Telepictures Productions in 1989 and was promoted to Vice President, Development in 1992.
As a 2013 Mentor with The Hollywood Reporter’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Estey McLoughlin has been paired with an inner-city high school junior, meeting with her on a bi-monthly basis in the workplace so that her mentee is exposed to a female leader in the Hollywood community. Through this exposure, the mentee is able to expand her horizons and realize her possibilities, including college, advanced degrees and business success.
She also volunteers at Burbank Housing Corporation’s After School Scholars program, along with the Telepictures staff, where they spend their time helping with homework, reading with the students and providing guidance to build self-esteem.
Estey McLoughlin is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting and Film and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.