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‘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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‘Today’ Show ‘Rethinking the Plaza Experience’

On Thursday, the “Today” show marks 19 years in their “Window on the World,” Studio 1A. The street-side studio, which debuted June 20, 1994, has been a gathering spot for tourists and locals alike, as celebrities and chefs, musicians and athletes discuss their newest project or sing from their latest album. But this Summer, the studio is getting its first makeover in 7 years and as part of the process the show is “rethinking the plaza experience,” reports the New York Times’ Brian Stelter.

That doesn’t mean the plaza will be used less. In fact, the show has now put an NBC News Page on the plaza acting as a sort of MC for the crowd.

The studio makeover is a continuation of changes at “Today,” which had its 16-year winning streak broken in April 2012 by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In the tumultuous year since, anchor Ann Curry left the show, EP Jim Bell moved to NBC Sports. And now longtime director Joe Michaels is also moving on from his position. Michaels has been named senior director and one of his first tasks is implementing the new studio. Just last week, Matt Lauer presented Michaels with a distinguished alumni award from Seton Hall University.

Here’s a clip from the first day of the Window on the World studio:

NBC’s ‘Today’ Has Clean Sweep At Daytime Emmy Awards

The 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out over the weekend by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and NBC’s “Today” was the big winner among the morning programs.

“Today” took home three Emmys, including “Outstanding Morning Program.” The show’s director, Joe Michaels, took home an Emmy for “Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Morning” while production mixers David Levens and Matt Rifino won for “Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing.”

No other network or cable news programs took home any Daytime Emmys.

The full list of winners can be viewed here.

Wolfe Takes a Page Out of an NBC Tradition

wolfe_12-13.bmpWe had been hearing rumblings about the segment months ago, and on Thursday, the Today show aired Jenna Wolfe‘s day as an NBC page.

Some former pages featured in the segment included Willard Scott, Today show director Joe Michaels and many others in the control room (and from other networks: Regis Philbin and Ted Koppel).

As a former page, I have to say she did a good job — made the requisite corny jokes and sat at the usual uncomfortably packed lunch table.

Click continued to see the segment, featuring a cameo from Brian Williams

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