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ABC Newsers Celebrate at ‘Rock’n Robin’ Launch Party

Champagne glasses were raised high on a sun-glazed Manhattan rooftop last night as Robin Roberts thanked friends, colleagues, and loved ones on the day her production company launched.

“I’m wearing my father’s watch and my mother’s bracelet,” a teary-eyed Roberts said during a toast. “I don’t do that often, they usually just stay in my apartment, but I put them on, because this is something they wanted for me.”

“When you sometimes watch news and television and everything, you turn off the set and you’re just like, ‘oh my gosh, why should I get up in the morning?’ Roberts told TVNewser. “My ultimate goal is that if anybody sees our programming is that they’re going to feel inspired, and they’re going to feel the best is yet to come no matter what kind of situation they’re in.”

Roberts heaped praise on ABC, where she’s worked for 25 years of the 30 years she’s been in the business. “How many can say that?,” she says. “I think my loyalty has been rewarded, and it’s been a two-way street. We’ve helped each other, and they’ve stood by me in some very difficult times.”

And many of Roberts’ colleagues expressed support as she spreads her wings.

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Robin Roberts Launches Rock’n Robin Productions

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Viewers will be seeing a lot more of what Robin Roberts has to offer as she launches her own production company called Rock’n Robin Productions.

“I’m blessed to be able to do even more of what I love to do and now reach an even broader audience with programming that will inspire, inform and entertain people,” Roberts tells TVNewser about her new company.

Programming will feature a mix of documentaries and reality programming, along with live specials and full-length TV series. Longtime ABC News producer John Green is Roberts’ right-hand man at Rock’n Robin.

“We are actively looking to do stories about people who are thriving and people who are displaying unusual courage,” says Green, who will continue on as EP of ABC Newsmagazines. The production company will be separate from ABC News and will have its own offices in Midtown Manhattan. It will shop programming across the dial: from cable TV outlets to streaming services. But Roberts’ home team will get first dibs. “From our vantage point, ABC will be our first place that we go,” Green says.

“I’m so grateful to my ABC and GMA family for supporting the launch of the company,” Roberts adds.

Rock’n Robin’s first production debuts tomorrow. Read more

ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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ABC News ‘Goes Pink’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

abc news goes pinkABC News is launching “ABC News Goes Pink,” a month-long “wake-up call and conversation starter” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The series will kick off with a full day of coverage across all the network’s platforms on October 1.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood called the program a “very important initiative.” “ABC News Goes Pink will help educate and empower millions of Americans to assess their individual risks and to take charge of their health along with their doctors,” he said in a statement.

John Green will be the executive producer of the series. Geralyn Lucas and Tomomi Arikawa, both breast cancer survivors, are the coordinating producers. Watch the promo after the jump.  Read more

ABC News to Present ‘Best in TV’ Special

Barbara Walters has been tapped to host an ABC News special this Fall in conjunction with ABC’s airing of the Emmy Awards. “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time,” produced in conjunction with People magazine, will air in September. The “Best in TV” winners will be determined by online voters.

Categories include Best TV Comedy, Best TV Drama, Favorite TV Mom and Dad, Best Talk Show Host and Best Non-Human Character. The nominees have already been chosen, so head over to BestInTelevison.com to vote. Voting is open through July 23.

The Walters special, produced by ABC News’s John Green, will include many classic and never-before seen clips from America’s favorite shows, and new interviews with some of the stars and directors of the winning series.

John Green Upped at ABC News

ABC News veteran John Green has been named Executive Producer of ABC Newsmagazines.  For the past 3 years, Green has been EP of special programming and development at ABC News. Before that he was EP of “Good Morning America” weekend, which he launched in 2004.

In a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, Newsmag EP David Sloan writes, “[Green] will act as my deputy and will bring his considerable creative energy to 20/20, breaking news specials, summer development, and the increasing number of network one-offs we’ll be asked to do in the coming new year.”

Green’s promotion is the first executive producer move under incoming News president Ben Sherwood.

Sloan’s email after the jump…

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NBA TV Pulling Out the Big Guns for Miami Heat Preseason

The Miami Heat – you know, that little squad with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and a host of other dudes – play their first game on October 5 and NBA TV will be there.

Marv Albert will handle the play-by-play while hall of famer Kevin McHale and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber ride shotgun. Cheryl Miller lands the role of sideline reporter.

The tremendous trio (LeBron et al, not Alberts, etc.) won’t play the entire game, but the world will tune in regardless.

NBA TV, now in its 12th year, is available in 53 million U.S. homes and will feature up to 275 live games this year. Only 270 of them will feature the Heat.

TNT will televise the Heat’s first real game, an away tilt with the Boston Celtics on October 26.