(January 28, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – David Decker has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, for Telepictures Productions, it was announced today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions. In his new role, Decker will continue to oversee all of the day-to-day business operations – including business affairs, legal, finance and administration – for Telepictures, one of the leading producers of first-run syndicated programming and original digital content for the broadband marketplace. He will also provide business and legal affairs counsel to Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD), one of the leading distributors of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace. Decker reports to Estey McLoughlin for Telepictures and to Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, for services he provides to WBDTD. Immediately prior to his promotion, Decker had served as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Telepictures Productions, since 2004. He had oversight of the company’s business and legal affairs, including negotiating and drafting license fee and production service agreements, rights and format acquisitions and exploitation, and talent agreements for all formats, genres and television platforms. “David is a tremendous asset to Telepictures and has been integral to our success. He has exceptional business acumen, is a creative and savvy dealmaker, has a broad understanding and strong instincts for the creative and production sides of the television and digital business, and has been able to forge great relationships throughout the company, with producers and talent, and across the business community,” said Estey McLoughlin. “He is an outstanding leader, strategic thinker and problem solver, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him as my business partner to build even greater success for Telepictures as our business continues to evolve." “David is an extremely talented executive. His rich, diverse background coupled with an insightful and strategic mind has been a huge asset to us and made him an invaluable team member,” said Werner. “We all congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion and look forward to working together for many more years.” Prior to joining Telepictures, Decker spent six years at Stone Stanley Entertainment, as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, a post he was promoted to in 2002, having started with the company in 1998 as Vice President, Business Affairs. Before that, he served as a production attorney in the business affairs department at Buena Vista Television, responsible for all legal aspects of “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show,” and also as a contract attorney in the legal department of Paramount Pictures Network Television. He has also practiced civil litigation at civil defense law firms in Los Angeles and served as an independent legal consultant to a number of entertainment companies. Decker holds a juris doctor from Loyola Law School (CA) and a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Dickinson College. About Telepictures Productions For the 2008–09 season, Telepictures Productions – an industry-leading and Emmy® Award-winning producer of syndicated programming (having garnered 54 Emmys® in 12 years, including Outstanding Talk Show/Talk Show Host for 10 of the last 12 years), is producing eight nationally syndicated strips. Telepictures launched the critically acclaimed “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” a talk-variety show that is a combination of the best of the classic format, heartfelt human-interest stories, and invaluable takeaway that real women can use in their everyday lives. The slate also includes the sixth season of ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” winner of four consecutive Daytime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Talk Show and four for Outstanding Talk Show Host; the second season of “TMZ,” the half-hour series that brings the TMZ.com brand to television, expanding upon the website’s mission as a 24-hour-per day, seven-day-per week entertainment news destination providing a fresh, unfiltered look at celebrities and their real lives; the fourth season of the Emmy® Award-winning “The Tyra Banks Show,” a one-hour, daily talk show serving as a young woman’s guide to life, hosted by Tyra Banks; the 10th season of the hour-long court series “Judge Mathis”; the 25th season of “The People’s Court”; and the 15th season of the pop culture newsmagazine “Extra.” In addition, this season, Telepictures launched “Judge Jeanine Pirro,” a one-hour daily court program, which airs at 3 p.m. on The CW Network, featuring Jeanine Pirro, the former Westchester County (N.Y.) District Attorney and county judge, highly respected legal commentator and author, and champion of women’s rights. Telepictures is focused on expanding in the broadband and wireless content landscape, launching MomLogic.com, a new online destination and cross-platform advertising network created as the ultimate lifestyle and parenting community for women with children. Telepictures has also teamed up with Time Inc.’s Essence Communications on a cross-divisional collaboration for the relaunch of Essence.com as the premier online destination for African-American women.
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