Telepictures taps Hackner

Exec promoted to creative affairs post

Telepictures Prods., which produces “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and other series for TV syndication through Warner Bros., has promoted Lisa Hackner to the new post of exec VP of creative affairs.

“The complexity of developing new shows and the need to branch out into the digital space call for expanding the roles of our executives,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, prexy of Telepictures Prods.

McLoughlin also engineered major promotions for Sheila Bouttier and David McGuire, each of whom gets the title senior VP of programming and development.

In addition, Lauren Blincoeshifts from senior supervising producer of “Tyra Banks” to VP of development for Telepictures. Leigh Collier joins the company as manager of programming from her previous job as manager of media research of another Time Warner division, Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution.

Telepictures is gearing up for the premiere in September of “TMZ,” a five-a-week TV-magazine version of the celeb-driven Web site. Fox-owned stations have bought the half-hour and will strip it between 5 p.m. and midnight; many of the stations will run it twice and sometimes three times a day.

Hackner was senior VP of development for Telepictures for the last three years and before that was exec VP for Universal Domestic TV. She has worked on “Tyra Banks” and another long-running Telepictures series, “Judge Mathis.”

Bouttier will continue to oversee “Tyra Banks” as it goes into its third season, and McGuire will continue to oversee “Ellen DeGeneres” and work with Collier on “Judge Mathis,” “The People’s Court” and “Showtime at the Apollo.”

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