Stephen Colbert Taps ‘Colbert Report’ Team to Run ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert is stocking his new show on CBS with plenty of old faces from his previous job.

The comedian will rely on the same production team that ran his “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central to keep the wheels rolling on his new “Late Show,” CBS disclosed Thursday in an announcement.

Tom Purcell, who served as executive producer and writer at “Colbert Report,” will continue in the same role at CBS. In addition, Meredith Bennett will serve as executive producer, expanding from her previous role as co-executive producer.

Two other “Colbert Report” staffers, Emily Lazar and Barry Julien, have been named co-executive producers: Julien will retain his duties as a writer and Lazar will head the talent department. Opus Moreschi, who was head writer at the Comedy Central program, adds supervising producer to his title and will work alongside Jay Katsir, who has been promoted to head writer.

Other “Colbert Report” staffers are coming aboard. Matt Lappin and Paul Dinello join as supervising producer-writers. Jim Hoskinson will direct. Tanya Bracco will be supervising producer and executive-in-charge.

Two staffers on the program join from outside Colbert’s professional family: Emily Gertler will be senior entertainment producer, and has come aboard from ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Sheryl Zelikson, a longtime staffer of David Letterman’s “Late Show” who helped coordinate weeks of surprising and emotional musical performances during that host’s farewell turn earlier this year, will continue as music producer.

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