Rather, Simon likely to join newsmag sequel
NEW YORK — “60 Minutes” vet Patti Hassler has been tapped to serve as senior producer for the upcoming second edition of the magazine series.
In other hires at the still-developing “60 Minutes II,” Steve Glauber — a “CBS Reports” staffer who worked as Dan Rather’s producer when Rather was a “60” correspondent during the 1970s — has signed on to be a producer for the newsmag spinoff, according to industry insiders.
Glauber’s hiring is another signal that Rather, now the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and “48 Hours,” is likely to play a role in the new “60” (Daily Variety, July 2.)
“60 Minutes II” exec producer Jeff Fager has also hired Josh Hamlin, a six-year vet of the Sunday night “60 Minutes,” as a producer for the second edition of the newsmag. Hamlin produced correspondent Ed Bradley’s well-received profile of Muhammad Ali.
In addition, CBS correspondent and occasional “60 Minutes” contributor Bob Simon is now expected to join “60 II” as a regular contributor, though no firm deal has been worked out.
Hassler, the first official staff announcement for “60 II” since Fager was named executive producer of the broadcast last month, joined the original “60 Minutes” in 1978, producing stories for Morley Safer and the late Harry Reasoner.
She left the newsmag in 1996 to become an executive producer at CBS News Prods., developing documentaries for Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and A&E’s “Biography This Week.” She was upped to director of programming for CBS News Prods. in August 1996.
“Patti is a terrific producer with a remarkable track record at ’60 Minutes,'” Fager said in a statement. “She knows what it takes to produce a high-quality ’60 Minutes’ story, and she will help ’60 Minutes II’ live up to the standard of excellence set by the original broadcast.”
“60 Minutes II” is expected to premiere early next year.