Par taps Blue, Ellman to steer ‘Hard Copy’

Paramount will likely tapinto its own ranks to fill the exec producer void on the syndicated series “Hard Copy.”

The studio is expected to name “Hard Copy” supervising producer Linda Bell Blue and “Entertainment Tonight” supervising producer Linda Ellman as co-exec producers of the newsmag shortly.

Blue has been overseeing the show since it went back into production with original episodes on Aug. 9.

The previous exec producer, Peter Brennan, left the series earlier this summer and is expected to land at Fox Circle Prods., where he will develop projects and serve as a consultant on Twentieth TV’s “A Current Affair.”

Par declined to comment on the pending appointment of the female co-exec producing team, which will be charged with broadening the parameters of the show.

Some stations and advertisers have rebelled against tabloid-oriented series — which some see as nothing more than a pressure tactic to get the shows to lower their rates — forcing syndicators to clean up their act. Additionally, several syndicators are applying more pressure by seeking to shove aside the existing newsmags with programs that they claim are “advertiser-friendly.”

Blue served as the news exec producer at KCBS-TV from 1982-87. She served on “This Evening” and “Hour Magazine,” before joining the Par show at its ’89 inception.

Before coming to Par’s “ET” in recent months, Ellman spent a decade at NBC News in various capacities.

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