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Additions Behind the Scenes at CNN

David Reisner is returning to CNN as Senior Producer of New Media. Reisner, (far right showing some wall magic to former TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca in 2009), will be responsible for interactive technology for all New York-based programming. Reisner held a similar role at CNN until departing for ABC in 2010. At ABC, he was the Interactive Media Producer for “Good Morning America.”

CNN has also hired Bill Kirkos as Senior Producer in the Chicago Bureau. Kirkos has been freelancing for CNN and, before that, spent ten years at Fox News Channel, in both the Chicago and Dallas bureaus.

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GMA Gets Its Own ‘Magic Wall’

GMAMagicWall.jpg ABC News’ “Good Morning America” now has a “Magic Wall” to call its own.

This morning GMA co-anchor George Stephanopoulos unveiled the “Frustration Index,” which used the wall to visually present public attitudes on the President’s performance, the economy, satisfaction with the government and support for incumbents.

As TVNewser reported, CNN’s Digital and 3D media producer David Reisner, who was behind the network’s New York bureau magic wall, left CNN for ABC in January to become the Interactive Media Producer there. We’d heard the wall, which is built by is built by Perceptive Pixel, would soon be making an appearance on “GMA.”

While the “Frustration Index” marks the wall’s first regular use on GMA, ABC News did use a magic wall during the 2008 election. Now, with the “Frustration Index” it will become a more regular feature, especially in the lead-up to the November midterm elections.

The index was developed by Stephanopoulos, ABC’s political team and its polling unit.

CNN’s Magic Wall Guru Heads to ABC News

CNN’s David Reisner has left the network for a new gig at ABC News. Reisner, CNN’s digital and 3D media producer (aka the wizard behind the New York version of the Magic Wall), joins ABC Wednesday as Interactive Media Producer.

Reisner’s last day at CNN, after 7 years with the network, was Friday.

Reisner brings his expertise with the Magic Wall to ABC. The network used Perceptive Pixel technology during the 2008 presidential election. Expect to see more of it on “Good Morning America” and across ABC News, an insider tells us.

You may recall, we covered the story of Reisner proposing to his fiancee, fellow CNNer Christine Pietz over the holidays — a proposal which was then seen on CNN.

CNN Senior Producer of New Media Josh Braun — who oversees all of CNN’s magic wall operations — remains at the network based in D.C.

Earlier: “Magic Wall” Creators Win Top Design Award

Christmas Proposal at CNN

Wednesday night on “Campbell Brown,” Ali Velshi, who was filling in, delivered a short segment near the end of the broadcast about David Reisner, CNN’s digital and 3D media producer (aka “the guy in charge of the magic wall”), who proposed to his girlfriend across the street in Central Park’s Wollman skating rink earlier in the day. (Clip after the jump.) Reisner’s new fiance is Christine Pietz who is a publicist in CNN’s PR office. Congrats Christine and magic wall dude!

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CNN National Report Card: Behind the Scenes at the Reunion

Last night, TVNewser went to CNN’s New York studios for the broadcast of “The National Report Card: Second 100 Days.” We were there early and got to speak with a few members of the “best political team on television,” including Gloria Borger and Soledad O’Brien, and the atmosphere was almost giddy. We talked with Campbell Brown just before she went on air about how these big events are like a family reunion. Since the election season—when “CNN =ed Politics”—there has been little opportunity for this whole crew to be in the same room. Brown told us she was particularly thrilled last night, because she had missed the last “National Report Card” special while she was on leave, so it had been too long since she’d seen everyone together. You can read some of our tweets from last night.

We spoke with Wolf Blitzer right after he finished up this segment at the end of “The Situation Room.” He lives for the big events and could barely contain his glee when talking about putting in another two hours on air.

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Afterward, David Reisner, CNN’s Digital and 3-D Media Producer, snuck us over to the Magic Wall where we got to check out all the elaborate features and data that Tom Foreman would be playing with later that night. See the rest of the photos after the jump.

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