Mitch Semel will take the reins of Campbell Brown‘s forthcoming show on CNN, a network spokesperson tells TVNewser.
According to the Semel Media website, Semel has produced “prime-time and late-night shows for CBS, NBC, Nick@Nite, TV Land, PBS, and Comedy Central.” He also has been involved in radio programming, and in the development of a television network and website for the Defense Department.
Brown’s show is expected to launch in late February. In the meantime, the former anchor of Weekend Today has been working on political specials, one of which will air later this month. She’ll also be a panelist at CNN’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas next Thursday.
>Update: CNN has now issued a press release stating that Semel starts work on Monday. Click on continued to read the release.
CNN Names Mitch Semel as Producer for New Campbell Brown Program
Veteran Television and New Media Executive Signs On as Senior Executive Producer
Broadcast and media technology veteran Mitch Semel joins CNN as senior executive producer for CNNâ€™s new prime time program anchored by Campbell Brown, it was announced today by CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein. Semel will be drawing upon more than 30-years of experience in broadcasting and new media as he leads the development and production of the new program which is slated to debut in early 2008 and will air weeknights at 8 p.m. (ET) on CNN.
Semel begins Monday, Nov. 12, and will be based at CNNâ€™s New York bureau.
â€œMitchâ€™s breadth of experience and passion for news makes him the perfect choice for this position,â€ Klein said. â€œNo matter the medium, he has always shown a knack for bringing edgy ideas into the mainstream and has helped nurture the kinds of thought-provoking, freewheeling and fun shows that are right up Campbell Brownâ€™s alley.â€
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be working with a journalist of Campbellâ€™s stature,â€ Semel said. â€œHer wide-ranging news experience and interviewing skills make her the ideal host to bring a fresh perspective on the dayâ€™s news to the 8 p.m. hour. I look forward to partnering with her to present a smart and engaging broadcast.â€
Semel has worked in broadcast, cable, and public television, having overseen programming and produced prime-time and late-night shows for CBS, NBC, Nick@Nite, TVLand and Comedy Central. He served as the national head of programming for PBS and oversaw all news and public affairs programming in addition to all entertainment areas. He has been instrumental in the development of such groundbreaking shows as Politically Incorrect and Late Night with Conan Oâ€™Brien.
Semelâ€™s expansive career spans from entertainment television to helping design and launch a 24/7 worldwide TV network and Web site for U.S. military personnel. He also created a broadband video portal for the popular Veggie Tales animated childrenâ€™s series and devised strategy for cell carrier Virgin Mobileâ€™s push into advanced mobile screen content.
Semel graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University
Brown, who joined CNN in August, debuts on CNN next week as a panelist questioning presidential candidates in CNNâ€™s Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Nov. 15.
In addition, Brown will host the Broken Government special report â€œCampaign Killersâ€ later this month. The documentary examines political mudslinging, the history of negative advertisements and the role of the Internet as a viral weapon in politics today.
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