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Chuck Todd Announces Luke Russert as ‘Meet the Press’ Regular Contributor

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeNBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd this afternoon emailed colleagues to confirm that Luke Russert will join the program – that his late-father Tim Russert hosted for 17 years – as a regular contributor. He’ll contribute both on Sundays and online throughout the week.

“Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” wrote Todd and acting executive producer John Reiss to “MTP” staff. “He’ll continue in his current role reporting for the network and MSNBC, but he’ll also branch out to take on new projects specifically for us.”

Russert joins “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, BuzzFeed’s Washington bureau chief John Stanton, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson as regular “MTP” contributors.

In an email to FishbowlDC, NBC again reaffirmed that rumors Russert was given a $500,000 bonus for joining the program are untrue.

Todd and Reiss’ note to staff after the jump. Read more

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The Important Role of the EP in a Sunday Show’s Success

Meet the Press - Season 67In case you (too) missed it, a piece last week to The New Republic highlighted the often overlooked and actual reason for a Sunday show’s success: the executive producer.

With Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he and the network are furiously working to regain the #1 rating among Sunday public affairs programming – competing against ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer - but a key component in that battle is the effectiveness of the show’s EP.

“In the world of Sunday shows, which have much smaller staffs than the typical network news program, the EP play an especially crucial role,” writes TNR’s Jason Zengerle. “While the anchor is the one asking senators and cabinet secretaries the tough questions, it’s the EP feeding those questions to the anchor’s earpiece—as well as doing the legwork to book those senators and cabinet secretaries as guests in the first place.” Read more

Chuck Todd Lands Exclusive with President Obama for Debut as ‘MTP’ Moderator

unnamedFor his first Sunday as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd will talk exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to US relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections.

The interview will take place at the White House this weekend and air during Sunday’s 10:30am broadcast of “MTP.”

The Obama exclusive comes days after John Reiss was named acting executive producer of “Meet,” replacing Rob Yarin, who held the top producer spot during the tenure of David Gregory, who was ousted last month.

Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough to Join ‘Meet the Press’ as Regular Panelists

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeLuke Russert, who’s father Tim Russert served as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” for 17 years, will join the Sunday morning show as a regular panelist, “Page Six” reports.

The New York Post also reports that “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough “is taking on a larger role within NBC News as a senior political analyst and would be one of the regular Sunday panelists.”

The news comes days after NBC News SVP Alex Wallace announced that John Reiss would join NBC’s “Meet the Press” as acting executive producer, replacing Rob Yarin.

This Sunday, Chuck Todd takes over as moderator, replacing David Gregory, who was ousted last month.

‘Meet the Press’ Makeover Continues with New Acting Executive Producer

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News SVP Alex Wallace announced today that John Reiss will join NBC’s “Meet the Press” as acting executive producer, replacing Rob Yarin, who assumed the same role in August 2013 with David Gregory as moderator. TVNewser was first to report that Reiss joins as Chuck Todd prepares to take over as host of the world’s longest running television program this Sunday, September 7.

Reiss for the past seven years served as EP of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and prior to that was an EP for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline” producer.

Wallace writes that Yarin, who will continue in a new role with “MTP,” will “be integral to establishing a 24/7 editorial presence and ramping up our digital strategy.”

On Friday, FishbowlDC reported that 23-year NBC News veteran – 11 as “MTP” EP – Betsy Fischer Martin would depart the peacock network that day.

See Wallace’s full note to staff, after the jump. Read more

Roooooad Trip!

When MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Mathews goes on his road trip to LA on May 17, he’s going to hook up with HBO’s “Real Time” Host Bill Maher and former FCC Chairman Michael Powell to lead a discussion on education challenges. It’s part of the network’s “Education Nation On-the-Road” tour.

Maher will need to be on his best behavior. This means no penis or pot jokes (we think).

Who to blame if all goes awry?

John Reiss is Executive Producer of “Hardball.” Dana Haller is Supervising Producer of Special Projects for MSNBC.

Stay tuned…

 

“Hardball” EP Named MSNBC EP of Political Programming Too

“Hardball” executive producer John Reiss has additionally taken on the role of executive producer of political programming at MSNBC. He’ll oversee “Hardball,” “The Ed Show” and the cable station’s other political programs.

Reiss was previously the EP of “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” MSNBC’s press release after the jump…

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Ian Cameron: An Update

As we reported last week, Ian Cameron has been tapped as executive producer for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

That prompted lots of readers to bring this to our attention: Cameron’s wife is Susan Rice, an Obama advisor and top candidate for Secretary of State should the Illinois senator win the White House.

ALSO: We hear that Hardball EP John Reiss applied for the gig and that ABC approached Janet Leissner, the former CBS News DC bureau chief, who took a pass.

>UPDATE: A reader writes in:

    Re: Ian Cameron and Susan Rice — why is it more pertinent now than when he was the senior producer in Washington for World News? Same “issues” still exist — they’ve never made a secret of it, and no one’s complained about his ability to cover Obama before, have they? She was an adviser to John Kerry too.

Fair point. And to be clear: We’re not editorializing on whether it matters. We’re just adding information to the story.

NYT: Hell, It’s Out There Already

Amazing what a little leaking can do…

After FishbowlDC brought you the excerpts from Mark Leibovich’s profile of Chris Matthews yesterday (causing quite a brouhaha, we must say…), the New York Times went ahead and posted the article online earlier than they normally do.

And what: Is Hardball EP John Reiss chopped liver? Homeboy can barely get a nose in in this picture:

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Reiss Gets A Word In Edgewise

What was the first meeting like between Chris Matthews and new “Hardball” EP John Reiss? “It’s fair to say he did the majority of the talking,” he tells Gail Shister over on TVNewser.

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