Yasui sticks with ‘Kilborn’

'Late Late Show' viewership has risen since his arrival

“The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” exec producer Todd Yasui has sealed a three-year deal to continue with the latenight gabfest through 2006.

Yasui first joined the talkshow in January 2002 and took over as exec producer last October. He works closely with Rob Burnett, CEO at Worldwide Pants, which produces “Late Late Show” for CBS.

“Todd does an outstanding job of producing a consistently fun and inventive show,” Burnett said. “Without question, the show has benefited from his imprint.”

Under Yasui, “Late Late Show” recently took its first-ever road trip, pacting with Coca-Cola to sponsor a week of broadcasts from New Orleans during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships.

Yasui previously served as a staff executive producer at Oxygen Media, producing eight shows for the femme-driven cabler.

“He came over from the Oxygen Network and sprinkled a little Oprah dust on our show,” Kilborn said. “It’s swell.”

“Late Late Show” has seen its viewership rise under Yasui, averaging 1.7 million viewers a night — up 10% from the show’s 2001-02 average.

“We have developed a singular brand of comedy and style in latenight programming, and I look forward to working on the show and helping it grow in the coming years,” Yasui said.

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