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Estey McLoughlin takes new Telepictures title

WB unit produces 'Extra,' 'Jenny Jones,' 'The Bachelor'

HOLLYWOOD — Telepictures Prods. has promoted Hilary Estey McLoughlin to executive vice president-general manager, a newly created position.

Move makes Estey McLoughlin the second highest-ranking production exec at the Warner Bros. unit, which produces syndie skeins “Extra,” “Jenny Jones” and the upcoming “The Caroline Rhea Show” as well as ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Most recently, she served as senior VP of programming and development, a post to which she was promoted in February 1999.

Before that, she was veep of programming, after 18 months as an executive producer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” alongside O’Donnell, winning talkshow kudos at the 1998 and 1999 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Estey McLoughlin will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Telepictures. She will remain based in New York, reporting directly to Jim Paratore, who serves as president of Telepictures as well as exec VP of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

“Hilary was the first hire I made when we started Telepictures Prods. some 12 years ago and has been instrumental in the success we’ve had,” Paratore said. “She knows the business from the ground up.”

Before her move to executive producer, Estey McLoughlin was VP of development for Telepictures, where she was integral in the development, launch and day-to-day production of “Rosie O’Donnell.” While in that post, she supervised the company’s other current series, and program development for firstrun syndication, cable and network daytime programming.

For the 2002-03 season, Telepictures will produce “The Bachelor II” for ABC. In firstrun syndication, the company will produce the freshman seasons of “Caroline Rhea” and “Celebrity Justice,” the second of “ElimiDate,” the third of “Street Smarts,” the fourth of “Judge Mathis,” the fifth of “Change of Heart,” the ninth of “Extra” and the 12th season of “Jenny Jones.”

The company is also producing “Slamball” for TNN and “High School Reunion” for midseason at the WB.

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