(August 3, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – Laura Danford Mandel has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Publicity, Telepictures Productions, it was announced today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions. In her new post, Danford Mandel will continue to oversee the day-to-day publicity activities and overall publicity strategy for all of Telepictures Productions’ television series – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “TMZ,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “Extra,” “Judge Mathis,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “The People’s Court” and “Judge Jeanine Pirro” – as well as the online destinations Momlogic.com, TMZ.com and Essence.com (the latter in conjunction with the publicity team at Time Inc.). In addition, Danford Mandel will be involved in the launch of “Lopez Tonight,” the new late-night talk show with George Lopez, produced by Telepictures and premiering on TBS this November. Danford Mandel will continue to be responsible for handling Telepictures’ trade and consumer publicity, working closely with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing’s publicity team and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to maintain Telepictures’ position as an industry leader. “With her proven track record in creating breakthrough publicity campaigns, Laura has played an integral role in launching all of our projects and maintaining our enduring success,” said Estey McLoughlin. “As our slate continues to expand each season, Laura will be instrumental to ensuring our growth.” Danford Mandel was previously Vice President, Publicity. She has been at Telepictures for over 10 years, joining the company in January 1999 as Director, Publicity, for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Since that time, she has overseen the launches and day-to-day publicity for every Telepictures series. Before coming to Telepictures, Danford Mandel served as Vice President, East Coast Publicity, of Castle Rock Entertainment. Prior to Castle Rock, she was the Director of Public Relations for Marc Jacobs International. About Telepictures Productions Telepictures Productions is an industry-leading and Emmy® Award-winning producer of television programming for the first-run syndicated marketplace (having garnered 54 Emmys® in 12 years, including Outstanding Talk Show/Outstanding Talk Show Host for 10 of the last 12 years), as well as original digital content for broadband and wireless. For the upcoming 2009–10 television season, Telepictures is producing nine first-run strips, the most in the company’s history. In November, Telepictures will launch “Lopez Tonight,” a talk show featuring George Lopez and airing Mondays–Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Returning series are “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “TMZ,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “Extra,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “The People’s Court,” “Judge Mathis” and “Judge Jeanine Pirro.” In addition to traditional TV production, Telepictures has also developed and launched the digital destinations Momlogic.com, Essence.com (in a cross-divisional collaboration with Time Inc.’s Essence Communications) and TMZ.com (in a joint venture with AOL).
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