(July 27, 2004 – Burbank, CA) - Chris Circosta has been promoted to Vice President, Production, Telepictures Productions, it was announced today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Telepictures Productions. In his new post, Circosta is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day production needs of the company’s reality and alternative programming for the network, syndication and cable marketplaces. Among the series currently overseen by Circosta include “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” franchise for ABC, the upcoming “Gilligan’s Island” for TBS, “Big Man on Campus” and “High School Reunion” for The WB and “The Will” for CBS. “Chris has played an integral role in building and maintaining our thriving primetime business, while managing multiple productions at the same time,” said Estey McLoughlin. “He is a true asset to our operation and his promotion is very well deserved.” Circosta has been with Telepictures since 2000 and has worked in various capacities as a production executive on such series as “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “High School Reunion,” “Queen Latifah,” “Slamball” and “Are You Hot?” Prior to joining Telepictures, Circosta spent three years at USA Networks as a production executive. Before that, he ran his own independent production company and owned Studio West, a soundstage/production facility in Santa Monica, CA. Telepictures Productions currently produces 13 television series--seven nationally syndicated strips, five network series and one cable series. The company’s 2004-05 syndication lineup, 28 hours of programming a week to the marketplace, includes the freshman season of “The Larry Elder Show” (debuting September 13); the second season of the Emmy Award-winning talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; the third season of “Celebrity Justice”; the fourth season of the survival dating strip “elimiDate”; the fifth season of the comedy game show “Street Smarts”; the sixth season of the hour-long court series “Judge Mathis”; and the eleventh season of the pop culture newsmagazine strip “Extra.” The company’s network productions for the 2004-05 season include the hugely popular and highly rated reality dating series “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for ABC, “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” a variety series highlighting real people, musical and comedy performances, the return of “High School Reunion” and the new series “Big Man On Campus” all for The WB, as well as the new reality series “Gilligan’s Island” for cable’s TBS.
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