David Nuell is out as executive producer of “Extra – The Entertainment Magazine,” replaced by veteran Time Inc. magazine editor and People magazine founder Richard Stolley.
Nuell’s departure from the Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution/Time Telepictures Prods. freshman strip show had been rumored for months. He’ll continue to work on new product for Time Telepictures Television. He is expected to keep his ownership stake in “Extra” and will be a consultant.
Nuell’s exit is said to be unrelated to the show’s performance, having more to do with management differences with Telepictures execs. In the just-completed May sweeps, “Extra” averaged a 3.6 rating, 10 share in metered markets, according to Nielsen. Its lead-in averaged a 5.2/12, while the time period averaged a 4.3/11 last year.
Execs at “Extra” are said to have wanted to incorporate the Time Inc. magazines into the show more than they have been. The multiple Emmy-winning Nuell, execs said, always was expected to leave the show once it was up and running so he could concentrate on other projects.
Nuell has several projects in the works, including a latenight talk-entertainment show with partner Cynthia Riley that Warner Bros, likely will consider.
Stolley, who recently served as a special editorial consultant to “Extra,” is a relative newcomer to television. He has been with Time Inc. for more than 30 years, and besides his stint at People spent 19 years at Life magazine.