or


[12/11/08 - 01:40 PM]
Michael Wright Named Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Tbs, TNT and Turner Classic Movies
Plus: Phil Oppenheim and Lillah McCarthy are upped at TBS and TNT.

[via press release from Turner]

Michael Wright Named Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies

Phil Oppenheim Promoted to Senior Vice President of Program Planning and Scheduling, TBS and TNT; Lillah McCarthy Promoted to Senior Vice President of Original Programming, TBS and TNT

Changes Consolidate Original Programming, Program Planning and Scheduling into One Division

Michael Wright has been promoted to executive vice president, head of programming, TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as part of a restructuring of the networks' programming division. Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said Wright will continue to be based in Los Angeles, overseeing all original programming for TBS, TNT and TCM. His added duties now include oversight of program planning and scheduling for TBS and TNT.

Koonin also announced the promotions of Phil Oppenheim to senior vice president, program planning and scheduling, TBS and TNT, and Lillah McCarthy to senior vice president, original programming, TBS and TNT. Both will both report to Wright.

"Michael Wright has proven himself to be one of the most talented executives in the industry, solidifying TNT and TBS's reputations as major players when it comes to original programming,� Koonin said. "By bringing the rest of the programming division under his supervision, we will be able to maximize the full strength of our portfolio and maintain a consistent creative and strategic approach to our programming decisions.�

"I feel incredibly fortunate to work with a company like Turner and to have the kind of job that makes me excited to come to the office everyday,� Wright said. "I get to work with amazingly talented people, both within and outside the company, and these new responsibilities will allow us to all work together that much more effectively as we bring more great programming to our networks.�

Michael Wright has been serving as senior vice president in charge of Turner Entertainment Networks' Content Creation Group, responsible for all original programming for TNT, including The Closer, ad-supported cable's #1 series of all time; the critically acclaimed Saving Grace, starring Oscar�-winner Holly Hunter; Raising the Bar, the new Steven Bochco drama that set an ad-supported cable record as the most watched series launch of all time; Leverage, the brand-new series starring Oscar� winner Timothy Hutton that launched this past weekend with 5 million viewers and the network's best delivery ever of adults 18-49 for a series telecast during the broadcast season; and the upcoming series Trust Me, with Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh. Wright also oversees original programming for TBS, including The Bill Engvall Show, which finished its first year as ad-supported cable's #1 original sitcom among adults 25-54; the critically acclaimed sitcom My Boys; and the late-night series Frank TV and 10 Items or Less. Wright has also been responsible for original specials on TBS and TNT, original programming ventures for TCM and original content for digital extensions for all three networks.

Wright joined the company in 2002 to head TNT's original programming division. Under his auspices, the network scored major triumphs with such original films as the multiple-Emmy�-winning Door to Door, The Ron Clark Story and The Librarian; multi-part events that included Into the West, The Company, The Grid and Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; and specials like the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the annual Christmas in Washington. Wright began overseeing TBS original programming in 2005 and added TCM original programming to his duties in 2007.

Prior to his work for Turner Entertainment Networks, Wright served as vice president of movies and miniseries for CBS Productions and CBS Entertainment. During his tenure there, he supervised production of some of CBS' highest-rated and acclaimed television movies, including The Long Way Home, The Marriage Fool, the Peabody Award-winning Sharing the Secret and the live, Emmy-nominated production of On Golden Pond, with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Wright holds a bachelor's degree in theater arts from the UCLA College of Fine Arts.

Phil Oppenheim has been serving as vice president of programming for TNT and TBS, where he has been extensively involved in various aspects of programming, from strategy to acquisition selection to scheduling. His duties have also included new media/Internet development for the networks. Previously, he was vice president of programming for TNT, working his way up from the positions of program executive and program coordinator, as well as editor of the TNT program guide. He was also instrumental in helping launch TCM, as well as the European versions of TNT. Oppenheim came to the company in 1989 from Emory University and Georgia State University, where he served as an instructor of literature and film studies.

Lillah McCarthy joined TBS and TNT in 2006 and has been serving as vice president of series programming for the networks, focusing on the development and production of new comedy series for TBS and new drama series for TNT. She oversaw the development of such series as TNT's Saving Grace, Raising the Bar, Leverage and Trust Me, as well as TBS's The Bill Engvall Show and Frank TV. She previously served as an original series consultant and was instrumental in the development of TNT's hit drama The Closer and TBS's critically acclaimed comedy series My Boys. Her past jobs include serving as executive producer of the series Early Edition and Charlie Hoover, as well as numerous television pilots; working as a current-programming executive at ABC and later as senior vice president of series programming for FOX, where she was involved in the development and production of such series as The Simpsons, Married�With Children, Alien Nation and 21 Jump Street. She has also directed half-hour multi-camera television comedies, run her own literary and talent management company and served as executive vice president for Kopelson Productions, where she supervised television development for the company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.





  [december 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 10 ITEMS OR LESS (TBS)
· BILL ENGVALL SHOW, THE (TBS)
· CLOSER, THE (TNT)
· COMPANY, THE (TNT)
· DOOR TO DOOR (TNT)
· FRANK TV (TBS)
· GRID, THE (TNT)
· INTO THE WEST (TNT)
· LEVERAGE (TNT)
· LIBRARIAN, THE: QUEST FOR THE SPEAR (TNT)
· MY BOYS (TBS)
· NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES: FROM THE STORIES OF STEPHEN KING (TNT)
· RAISING THE BAR (TNT)
· RON CLARK STORY, THE (TNT)
· SAVING GRACE (TNT)
· TRUST ME (TNT)





[12/07/16 - 02:48 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Official Trailer for "Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" Airing This Friday at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[12/07/16 - 02:18 PM]
LMN's Second Annual "Deady Resolutions" Week, Features the Premiere of New Original Series "My Crazy Sex" and New Seasons of "My Crazy Ex" and "Monster in My Family"
"My Crazy Sex" reveals the outrageous, intimate tales of ordinary people's most extraordinarily embarrassing and regrettably ridiculous sexual misadventures.

[12/07/16 - 01:45 PM]
USA Rings in the Holidays with WWE(R) Airing Special Programming the Week of December 12
Look for the annual "Tribute to the Troops" on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/07/16 - 01:28 PM]
Dolly Parton and More Perform During Dec. 13 Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon
The nationally broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton's dinner theaters in the wake of last week's wildfires in the entertainment icon's home area of Sevier County, Tennessee.

[12/07/16 - 12:01 PM]
Discovery Challenges Survivalists to Conquer Six Deadly Terrains in New Adventure Series "The Wheel"
The series dares six participants to survive in six distinctly grueling landscapes across South America.

[12/07/16 - 11:06 AM]
TV One Announces Explosive Season 10 Line-Up of "Unsung" Premiering Jan. 4
Episodes profiling Fat Joe, Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister, After 7 and James Brown are slated to highlight each performer's rise to stardom while providing a glimpse into the lesser-known challenges they endured behind the spotlight.

[12/07/16 - 11:04 AM]
English Dub of "Dragon Ball Super" Hit Anime Series to Premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET
Season 1, which totals 26 episodes, encompasses the Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F' story arcs.

[12/07/16 - 11:00 AM]
Special Premiere of New Comedy "The Mick" to Air in All Time Zones Immediately Following NFL Doubleheader on Sunday, Jan. 1, on FOX
The episode then will encore that same night in the Pacific time zone at 8:00 PM and the Mountain time zone at 7:00 PM.

[12/07/16 - 10:35 AM]
Video: The "Time" Has Arrived! Netflix Debuts Trailer for "One Day at a Time"
"One Day at a Time" launches Friday, January 6, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[12/07/16 - 10:02 AM]
FYI Premieres New Seasons of Hit Series "Tiny House Nation" and "Unplugged Nation" - Saturday, January 7
Both series showcase alternative living trends that have gained popularity across the country.

[12/07/16 - 10:01 AM]
NBC Rings in 2017 with Festive Hourlong Special "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly"
The broadcast will feature special performances from musical superstars Alicia Keys, Pentatonix and Blake Shelton.

[12/07/16 - 10:01 AM]
Presenters Announced for the "22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards"
The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics' Choice Awards gala, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E on Sunday, December 11.

[12/07/16 - 09:16 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demo Race with "This Is Us"
The Peacock's new drama paves the way for an adults 18-49 victory.

[12/07/16 - 09:10 AM]
Video: Trailer for "Z: The Beginning of Everything" Now Available
The Christina Ricci-led series launches Friday, January 27 on Amazon.

[12/07/16 - 09:01 AM]
truTV Greenlights New + Returning Shows
Highlights include new seasons of "Adam Ruins Everything" and "The Carbonaro Effect."