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Mark Berniker Named EP of Current TV’s ‘War Room’

Jennifer Granholm

Now we know where former Bloomberg TV producer Mark Berniker went after leaving the cable channel recently. Berniker is joining Current TV to become executive producer of the upcoming 9 PM program “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm.” At Bloomberg, Berniker helped launch a number of programs, including “Surveillance Midday” and “Bloomberg West.”

“’The War Room’ will give viewers an inside look at the political process and cut through the campaign talking points to offer up solutions to some of the issues facing the nation today,” said David Bohrman, President, Current TV in a statement.  “Mark is a seasoned television executive who will partner with Governor Granholm to deliver on Current’s promise to reinvent the cable news landscape by speaking truth to power and forging a direct relationship with viewers.”

With Focus on Progressive Talk, Current TV Cuts ‘Vanguard’ News Staff

With Current TV continuing to pivot its format toward progressive news and opinion, the company’s news unit is paying the price. Brian Stelter at the New York Times writes that “Vanguard,” the critically-acclaimed if under-watched documentary series on the channel saw its staff cut last week.

David Bohrman, the president of Current TV, said in a statement that production of the show was not being canceled completely. “But given the network’s new focus on political news and analysis, we have chosen to change the present in-house production model for ‘Vanguard,’” he said.

Most of the “in-house production staff” is “being offered the opportunity to work on other Current shows,” he added.

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Current TV’s ‘The Young Turks’ Beefs Up Production Team

Current TV has lined up its production team for its next primetime program, “The Young Turks.” Steve Lange has been named EP of the show, with Roland Woerner serving as senior producer and Genji Keen as director. Cenk Uygur is the primary host of the program, though he will be joined by his “TYT” colleagues Jesus Godoy, Ana Kasparian, Jayar Jackson and Dave Koller during the show.

Lange was previously a VP for the NBC O&O in Los Angeles, and has served as EP of the syndicated entertainment news show “Extra.”

“Steve, Roland and Genji all share Cenk’s passion for telling it like it is. This is a seasoned group of television veterans who bring years of expertise to the table and will be able to deliver a first-class, multi-platform production, live, each and every night,” said Current president David Bohrman in a statement. “We couldn’t be more pleased about having them join the Current TV family as we launch an ambitious roster of nightly programming that is sure to be a conversation starter in the coming election year.”

Current TV CEO: ‘Our Three Competitors are About Breaking News, and We’re About Fixing It’

For Current TV, the addition of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to the primetime lineup was an easy decision.

“When Joel [Hyatt] and I sat down with her and sort of began a conversation, we were blown away at the way she lit up the room and, frankly, took charge,” Current TV President David Bohrman said on a conference call announcing the show Wednesday afternoon.

Granholm’s “The War Room” is the finishing touch, at least for now, on a primetime schedule that includes Cenk Uygur at 7 p.m.ET/PT and Keith Olbermann at 8 p.m.ET/CT. Bohrman called it “the best primetime lineup, starting this January going into the election year, that can be found on television.”

“Our three competitors are about breaking news, and we’re about fixing it,” Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt added. “We believe we’re going to have the intelligent, insightful, experienced commentators who can do that. And all the early signals are that there’s a large audience waiting for it.” Read more

Former Fox Business Network Exec joins Current TV

Yet another appointment to tell you about at Current TV.

Terry Baker is joining Current as executive VP of production. Until last December, Baker was Executive Producer for primetime and weekend programming at Fox Business Network. He was part of the network’s 2007 launch, creating and developing seven of the network’s programs. Prior to that, he was Executive Producer at CNBC, where he developed several shows including “Conversations with Michael Eisner.” Baker also worked at CNN for six years, most recently as a Senior Executive Producer for “Anderson Cooper 360,” and also was Senior Producer on “Newsnight With Aaron Brown.”

At Current, Baker will work with network president David Bohrman in leading Current’s new focus as a news analysis and political commentary network, by building new live production capabilities and facilities in New York, home to the network’s flagship program “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

The Guy Who Brought You CNN Holograms, is Going to Current TV

Current TV President, David Bohrman has named Jason Odell as Executive Vice President of Technology for the network. Odell, who has worked for CNN and NBC (as has Bohrman) will oversee IT, web engineering and broadcast engineering.

Odell was behind CNN’s use of augmented reality, immersive graphics and invented — yes invented — the hologram technology CNN used (see Jessica Yellin above in CNN’s studio, but not really) in its 2008 election coverage.

“Jason is perhaps the singular best example of the perfect fusion of broadcast technology, web technology, and information technology,” said Bohrman in a release. “He is creative, innovative, and smart.”

Cenk Uygur On Joining Current TV: ‘It was the most obvious thing in the world’

Earlier today, Current TV announced that former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur would be bringing his web series “The Young Turks” to the channel. In a interview this afternoon, Uygur said the move was something of a no-brainer:

“It was the most obvious thing in the world,” Uygur told TVNewser. “They are independent, so I knew we wouldn’t have some of the issues we had in other places, and they are clearly progressive.”

Uygur also says that serving as Current’s primetime kickoff show is a good place to be:

“I am happy to be at 7 o clock because there is no other progressive at 7 o clock on television, so it kind of leaves the field to me,” he says

Fox News has Shepard Smith at 7 PM, CNN will soon launch Erin Burnett in that timeslot, and MSNBC has a replay of the apparently-not progressive “Hardball with Chris Matthews” there.

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Cenk Uygur Goes to Current TV

Current TV has found a lead-in for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” and it will be a another familiar face for MSNBC viewers.

The channel has inked a deal with Cenk Uygur to bring his “The Young Turks” web series to the network as a new 7 PM program. The program will be based out of Los Angeles, and will debut in the fourth quarter of this year. Uygur left MSNBC earlier this year after the network wanted to move him off of the 6 PM time period and into another role.

“Countdown” has struggled in the ratings recently at Current, though that shouldn’t be a surprise as the network has far less distribution than its competition, and it also has far less prominent channel placement. Another major factor is that “Countdown” is something of an island, a live nightly public affairs show without any companions to serve as a lead-in or lead-out. The addition of Uygur adds that lead-in, and the next step is to find that lead-out.

Current is expected to add a 9 PM program to its lineup by January.

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PBS ‘Need to Know’ EP Joins Current TV as Programming Exec

Former PBS “Need to Know” executive producer Shelley Lewis is joining Current TV as executive VP of programming, the channel announced Thursday. Lewis will start September 19th, and will report to Current president David Bohrman.

Before joining PBS, she served as a co-founder of Air America Radio, and was a longtime producer at CNN, where she served as executive producer of “Greenfield at Large” and “American Morning,” among other programs. She is also a veteran of ABC News, where she served as EP of “Good Morning America” and worked with Bohrman at “World News Now.”

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Bohrman: Current to be ‘Counterpoint’ To Fox News

New Current TV president David Bohrman appeared on his old channel CNN yesterday, this time as a guest on “Reliable Sources.”

He spoke about his competition with host Howard Kurtz, including MSNBC, which he says “trots out” its liberal hosts at night, but sticks to mostly news during the day, and Fox News, which he says has seen its role change as it has become the most-watched cable news channel:

“Fox is now the mainstream, Fox tells a lot of people how to think, and I think we–one one level–to be a counterpoint to that,” he said”