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Jamie Horowitz Named SVP/General Manager of ‘Today’ Show

JamieHorowitzESPN executive Jamie Horowitz is joining NBC News as SVP and GM of the “Today” show. But his ESPN contract won’t allow him to take the job until later this year.

Horowitz, who will report to NBC News president Deborah Turness, will lead the four hours of “Today” on all platforms. Executive producer Don Nash, “Weekend Today” EP Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown the GM of Today.com, will report to Horowitz.

At ESPN, Horowitz is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. He has overseen the launch of Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN2 show as well as “First Take,” “Numbers Never Lie,” and “SportsNation.” Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports. He began his career as an NBC Olympics Researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

“I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide ‘Today’ into the future,” said Horowitz in a news release. “This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years.”

Horowitz is another in a line of “Today” show leaders who got their start with NBC Olympics. Former EP Jim Bell, now the EP of NBC Olympics, got his start as a producer for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Games. Now CNN Worldwide president, one-time “Today” show EP Jeff Zucker‘s first job at NBC was as a researcher at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Deadspin first reported back in January that NBC was talking with Horowitz about the job.

See Turness’ internal note to staff, after the jump…

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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

It’s Official: Tamron Hall Joins ‘Today’ as 9 a.m. Co-Host

tamron hallTamron Hall is officially joining “Today” as a co-host of the third hour. As we’ve been reporting, Hall’s new deal gives her an expanded role on “Today” while she continues to anchor her MSNBC show, which moves to 11amET today.

“We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the TODAY family,” “Today” executive producer Don Nash said in a statement. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.”

During the announcement of her new role, which came at the end of the 8 a.m. hour on “Today,” Hall shared the story of how her mother, standing on Rockefeller plaza with Hall a year before she was hired by MSNBC said, “Next year you’re going to be working here.” The two snapped a picture on Hall’s new camera.

“So a year to the day I’m going in to be hired and I show Steve Capus, who was the president of NBC News at the time, the date [on the picture],” Hall recalled. “And we both started crying. It was a year to the day.”

>Update: NBC’s official announcement is after the jump. Read more

‘Today’ Remembers Audio Technician Killed in NYC Train Derailment

Jim Lovell, an audio technician for “Today,” was one of the four victims in Sunday’s Metro North train derailment. Lovell worked for PRG, a media services company that frequently works with NBC, and was part of “just about every big concert we ever had on our plaza,” Matt Lauer said on the show this morning.

“He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met,” executive producer Don Nash wrote in a note to NBC staffers Sunday night. “…He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting.”

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‘Today’ Show EP: ‘We Are On Our Way Back’

SnydermanDaughterProstate exams, doomed skydivers, and milking goats: just another week at NBC’s morning show.

In an email to his staff this afternoon — obtained by TVNewser — “Today” senior EP Don Nash thanked them for helping produce “a show made up of moments.” He also pointed out the “inappropriate finger jokes” from Matt Lauer’s doctor following a segment which included prostate exams for Lauer and Al Roker.

I “end” with kudos to Matt and Al for showing America just how easy it is to get a prostrate screening. The inappropriate finger jokes from Matt’s doctor aside, this was about taking a risk, trying something new and making it work. It’s moments like these, brought by you, that set us apart from any other show on television. Things are coming together. We are on our way back. I feel it in the show, I hear it from the audience and I see it in the numbers.

“Today,” which had been No. 1 in the mornings for 16 years, fell to second place behind ABC’s “Good Morning America” last year. Nash’s note after the jump…

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New ‘Today’ Set ‘A Place Where the Newsroom Meets the Living Room’

Deborah Turness has only been at the helm of NBC News for five weeks, but the new set of the “Today” show speaks to her vision for the future.

Turness called the new set, which will officially be unveiled Monday, a “physical manifestation of a very clear strategic plan we have for the ‘Today’ show going forward.” She said the strategy is a research-based approach with three guiding principles — substance, uplift and connection — that will push the show forward through “evolution, not revolution.”

The primary color on the new set is orange, which executive producer Don Nash joked was inspired by Savannah Guthrie‘s new hair color. In fact, it is designed to represent the sunrise, which “Today” says they will be incorporating into the set via viewer pictures and live feeds from local affiliates.

The revamped Studio 1A features several large high-definition monitors, one of which can be broken apart into six separate panels, to showcase the sunrises and other video. It has a large orange curved couch that can seat at least eight people comfortably, as well as a more intimate interview area for one-on-one interviews. The anchor desk — expected to be delivered and put in place on Sunday — will be on a rotating disk on the floor, like a large lazy Susan, so its backdrop can change throughout the show.

“The turntable thing is great. I’m trying to picture it on a One Direction morning when there’s 18,000 people out there,” Matt Lauer told TVNewser. “Spinning around and seeing [the plaza] is going to invigorate you.”

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‘Today’ Show’s New Set Delayed a Week

The “Today” show was planning to unveil its new set in Studio 1A today, but, like any big remodeling project, there’s a delay.

“We are currently putting the finishing touches on the new set, and we are thrilled with how it has come together,” “Today” EP Don Nash tells TVNewser. “We’ve got a lot of exciting new elements, so all this week we’ll be rehearsing and fine-tuning to get Studio 1A ready for its big debut.” The new set will bow next Monday.

The morning program did show off another set for another NBC show. Savannah Guthrie gave viewers a tour of the rooftop set for the much-hyped “Million Second Quiz” which begins a 10-day run on NBC and NBC.com tonight.

New ‘Today’ Set to Debut September 9

First on TVNewser: The new set for NBC’s “Today” will debut on Monday, September 9, according to the show’s executive producer, Don Nash.

“It is much more than a fresh coat of paint,” Nash tells TVNewser. “It is much more ‘current’ than what we have, I think it is much more exciting. We will have a lot more bells and whistles to play with, but it is classy, just like the show itself.”

Next week will be the final week for the current Studio 1A, Nash says, with the show moving out onto the plaza for about three weeks until the new set is complete and ready for production. The show will also be getting a new graphics package to complement the new set.

“It will affect all four parts of the show, it is totally gutting the current studio,” Nash says.

“Today” has also been tweaking its format somewhat. This week  the 9 AM hour of the program was re-branded as “Today’s Take,” featuring a new introduction and voice-over, and expanding on the roundtable format with Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and Al Roker. The first news segment of the third hour was pushed down from where it had been to make room for the expanded chat section, part of a formula Nash says they have been tweaking.

“While the third hour is always going to be part of the Today show, we wanted to give it a little more definition,” Nash says. “We decided we would take what was the chat at the top of the show, called “Today’s take,” and brand the whole show that way.”

Sara Haines Leaving NBC News for ABC News

Sara Haines, a contributing correspondent for NBC News who appears mostly on the fourth hour of the “Today” show, is leaving NBC to join ABC News where she will be a New York-based correspondent. Haines has been with “Today” since 2002, after a stint as an NBC page.

Page Six reports “Today” senior EP Don Nash along with Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and others threw Haines a “boozy brunch” Wednesday. ABC is expected to announce more details of the move on Monday.

‘Today’ Show Brings on New Director

Rob George has been named director of NBC’s “Today,” TVNewser has learned. For the last three seasons George has been the director of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He replaces Joe Michaels who was upped to Senior Director last month and is currently overseeing a studio revamp set to debut in the Fall.

George got his start in local news at KING TV and later KOMO TV in Seattle. He was a part of the directing team for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; was the director of the syndicated “The Other Half,” an early 2000′s male version of “The View;” and more recently worked on projects for Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Writes “Today” Senior EP Don Nash in a note to staff, “We are fortunate to have such a strong bench of directors on our team and with Rob’s appointment, that bench is even stronger.”

George starts August 12. He will direct to 7-9am hours, while Jim Gaines directs the third and fourth hours.

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