CBS Television Distribution president John Nogawski went outside the company and outside the syndication world for a successor to Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development, who recently departed CTD after 12 years. Aaron Meyerson, whose background is in cable reality TV, digital media and features, has been named president, programming and development for CBS TV Distribution. He will be responsible for all first-run development and will oversee CTD’s current programming, including veterans Entertainment Tonight, Judge Judy and Rachael Ray. Nogawski acknowledged Meyerson’s unorthodox background in his statement. “Having developed hit shows for Oxygen and MTV, Aaron brings a new sensibility to the syndication marketplace,” Nogawski said. “He comes to us with a fresh set of eyes, knowledge of our core female audience and an acumen for creating new financial models for production.”
Meyerson joins CTD from the digital media tech startup, Coincident TV, where he was a principal. Previously, he spent eight years developing unscripted programming for cable networks. As SVP alternative programming for MTV, he oversaw development and production of such reality series as Paris Hilton: My New BFF, A Double Shot at Love and Bully Beatdown. In his three years as SVP development and production for Oxygen Network, he developed such shows as Tori and Dean, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, The Bad Girls Club, Mo’nique’s Fat … Read More »
Anthony Zuicker’s Dare To Pass Prods. is having its busiest development season ever with four projects sold to the broadcast networks and several more in final stages of development at CBS TV Studios where the company is based with a first-look deal. Additionally, CSI creator Zuiker has been working full-time on the mothership CSI series this season, taking a break recently to promote Dark Prophecy, the second book from his Level 26 digi-novel series. In the first literary/broadcast crossover, Sqweegel, the super villain from Level 26, did a guest appearance on CSI this fall, driving ratings up for the veteran crime drama, now in its 11th season. The plan is to bring Sqweegel back in the CSI season finale, which would be co-written by Zuiker and the series showrunner Carol Mendelsohn. “I appreciate it more now than the first time,” Zuiker said about returning to the show that jump started his career.
At the broadcast networks, Dare to Pass has set up four dramas – 3 at CBS and 1 at the CW. All are executive produced by Zuiker and co-exec produced by Dare to Pass’ president of production Matthew Weinberg. The CBS projects include Detail, which is inspired by top celebrity bodyguard Kim Maree Penn and follows a private female security expert. It is being written by Sarah Thorp (The Bounty Hunter). At CBS, Detail joins previously announced Desperado, a modern-day lawman show set in Desperado, Texas … Read More »
CBS TV Distribution this evening issued a statement confirming that Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development at CBS Television Distribution, will be departing the company after 12 years. She most recently oversaw development of CTD’s Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, this season’s highest-rated first-year show, and the hire of Nancy O’Dell to succeed Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight.
“Over the past twelve years, Terry has made substantial and lasting contributions to CBS Television Distribution and helped define the current face of daytime television in the process. She developed and launched five new series – including Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray — that remain on the air today. In addition, Terry has overseen our on-going series with competitive fire, energy and innovation at every turn. We respect her desire to pursue the next chapter in her career and are quite confident her talents will bring success to whatever that opportunity may be.”
EXCLUSIVE: CBS loves Rob Riggle. For a third consecutive development season, the network has made finding a starring vehicle for the former Daily Show correspondent a priority. CBS is in negotiations for a half-hour comedy project from Saturday Night veteran Robert Smigel to which Riggle is attached to star. The untitled comedy centers on a gregarious guy (Riggle) who winds up as a real estate agent working for the nerd he made fun of in high school. The project was pitched straight to the network and will be laid off at sister studio CBS TV Studios. Smigel, Riggle, Peter Principato and Paul Young are executive producing. Read More »
Yet another Twitter feed is taking the sitcom route via CBS. The network is developing a comedy series based on Charlie McDowell’s feed and Web site Dear Girls Above Me, about a single man who gains insight into the female mind by eavesdropping on his upstairs neighbors. The Girls feed, which has more than 34,000 followers, consists of imaginary 140-character letters McDowell writes to the party girls who live in the apartment above him in reaction to conversations he overhears. Some recent examples:
Dear GAM, Your “friend” from last night was fun, but did he need to grunt, “You like that,” over and over? It seemed pretty clear you did.
Dear Girls Above Me, “Did you hear that all these kids were rescued in Chile after being trapped in some mountain?” Miners, not minors.
Dear GAM,”I found out he’s taking me to a 3D movie! If the glasses aren’t cute I will literally die.” Just focus on not making out with air.
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