LEON KNOLES NAMED DIRECTOR FOR "THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW"
LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2013 - Versatile television director Leon Knoles will serve as director for CBS Television Distribution's syndicated late-night talk show THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, it was announced today by Executive Producers Arsenio Hall, John Ferriter and Neal Kendall.
THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW debuts on September 9, 2013.
With over two decades in the television industry and a passion for music, Knoles has directed a wide range of talent including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mumford and Sons and Barbra Streisand, as well as hosts Jon Stewart, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris and Jamie Foxx. His directing credits include such PBS specials as The National Tree Lighting, The Tenors Lead With Your Heart, Country Music: In Performance At The White House, Michael Feinstein "The Sinatra Legacy," Gloria Estefan "The Standards" and The Motown Sound: In Performance At The White House.
Knoles started his career as a technical director and includes among his credits three seasons of American Idol, five seasons of Last Comic Standing, the BET Honors and the Comedy Central Roast as well as stints on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Real Time With Bill Maher, The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live With Kelly and The Wayne Brady Show. He segued to directing with Damon Wayans' comedy special Way Out for Comedy Central.
"Leon Knoles knows live television, music and, more importantly, how I work - which is an unbeatable combination in my opinion," Hall said. "He has the sensibility as well as the experience to deliver the nightly entertainment we envision for the show. We're lucky to have him on board."
THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW is shot in Hollywood at the Sunset Bronson studios. It is produced by Eye Productions Inc., in association with Arsenio Hall Communications Ltd. and Octagon Entertainment Productions, and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Arsenio Hall, Neal Kendall and John Ferriter are executive producers.