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Burt Dubrow Tapped to Helm Dr. Drew’s HLN Show

In a memo to staff today, HLN VP of programming Bill Galvin said that Burt Dubrow was joining the network as executive producer of the upcoming program hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky. Dubrow has a wealth of experience with talk shows, having served as an executive producer for shows hosted by Jerry Springer, Tom Green, Christopher Lowell and Sally Jessy Raphael.

Writes Galvin:

To this day, Burt describes himself as a “student of television,” while Drew calls him “a driving force.”  Scot Safon notes that “Burt has a track record of building very successful programming around top talent…in Dr. Drew, he’s getting the chance to break some new ground on the TV landscape.”

Dr. Drew is looking to have a busy 2011. B&C’s Ben Grossman reports that Pinsky will host a daytime talk show on The CW starting this Fall. That is in addition to the syndicated radio show “Loveline” and his work on VH1.

Galvin’s memo is after the jump.

To:          HLN /CNN colleagues
From:      Bill Galvin
Date:       January 11, 2011
Subject:   Executive Producer Announcement

Please join me in welcoming Burt Dubrow, who will be the Executive Producer of the new Dr. Drew show set to launch this spring on HLN.

For brevity’s sake I’ll refrain from detailing all of the credits in Burt’s illustrious career, a fascinating path that led to EP roles with Discovery, MTV, GSN and ABC, just to name a few.  Along the way, Burt became known as an innovator in the daily talk show genre, highly regarded for his ability to launch shows and develop talent.  The likes of Jerry Springer and Sally Jessy Raphael enjoyed ground-breaking and sustained success under Burt’s creative guidance.

In his new role with HLN, Burt’s initial vision for the Dr. Drew show aligns with the network’s brand promise and, very importantly, with Drew’s own hopes for the show. He’s already started to meet key contacts at his new home base in the LA Bureau and will begin to take the lead in staffing the rest of the show team.

To this day, Burt describes himself as a “student of television,” while Drew calls him “a driving force.”  Scot Safon notes that “Burt has a track record of building very successful programming around top talent…in Dr. Drew, he’s getting the chance to break some new ground on the TV landscape.”

Burt mentioned to me that he’s genuinely flattered to be a part of the HLN family.  Given his long list of professional accomplishments, I believe the HLN family is fortunate to now call Burt one of our own.

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