(July 20, 2004 – Burbank, CA) – Lisa Hackner is rejoining Telepictures Productions as Senior Vice President, Development, and Sheila Rosenbaum is joining the company as Vice President, Programming, Telepictures Productions, it was announced today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Telepictures Productions. Hackner rejoins Telepictures Productions from Universal Domestic Television, where she served as Executive Vice President for the past two years overseeing development and current programming. Rosenbaum most recently served as Vice President, Development, Universal Domestic Television. While working at Universal, Hackner and Rosenbaum developed an ensemble talk show pilot with Jennifer and Lynda Lopez and the new reality strip “Home Delivery,” which is launching in syndication this fall on the Tribune station group. In her new post, Hackner will be responsible for overseeing all of Telepictures’ new program development for syndication and cable as well as working with David Auerbach (Senior Vice President, Programming) on network series development. Prior to joining Universal, Hackner spent her entire career at Telepictures Productions, joining the company in 1990 as a receptionist and working her way up to Vice President, Development. While at Telepictures, Hackner was a key member of the team responsible for developing many hit shows including “elimiDATE,” “Judge Mathis,” “Street Smarts,” “Jenny Jones” and “Change of Heart.” As Vice President, Programming, Rosenbaum will work with Hackner in development and the rest of the Telepictures programming team. In addition to Universal, Rosenbaum has also worked in development at Buena Vista Productions (where she was involved in developing “The Wayne Brady Show”) and as a producer for Telepictures’ “elimiDate.” She was also manager of television at John Wells Productions, worked at Fox Broadcasting in comedy and began her television career as a producer for “The Jerry Springer Show.” “Lisa is one of the best and most creative programming executives in the business and as a key member of our team for some 13 years was truly integral to our success. I couldn’t be happier to have her back home again,” said Estey McLoughlin. “Sheila has a terrific reputation in the business and is a great new addition to our team. I look forward to working with her.” 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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