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Behind the TV Scenes: Kathy O’Hearn

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

KOHThis WeekCRHeading toward her fourth decade in TV news, Kathy O’Hearn embraced a new challenge this year when she joined MSNBC as executive producer to 26-year-old Ronan Farrow‘s new show. “We just hit it off immediately,” O’Hearn tells TVNewser. “It was one one of those great moments that you get only a couple times in your career when you really connect with the way someone thinks and how they think.” O’Hearn’s career has included many big moments and stories at CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, The Daily Beast, and now, MSNBC.

TVNewser: You started in TV news in the mid 70′s. What’s the biggest thing about the industry that’s changed and how have you adapted?

O’Hearn: The thing that I think is the most pronounced change is how all the cable networks have become bigger players. I started back when CNN had to fight to even get in the White House coverage pool [when I was at CBS]. And to watch how the cable networks are really powerful in terms of who they influence, who watches them, and the amount of news that they bring to the American public is a fascinating arc to experience.

TVNewser: You temporarily left the TV news business in 2010 to go digital as head of video at The Daily Beast. As a TV news lifer, how did you adapt to digital?

O’Hearn: It was fascinating. I was lucky enough to work with a very impressive, savvy group of writers and minds in any kind of newsroom and Tina Brown. To take the skill-set I learned in the television world into the digital side was exciting. I learned a lot; I had done a fair amount of digital production for ABC (“The Greenroom,” “Topline”), so it was exciting to try and figure out how to translate that across a series of programs and products and how to craft it so that it’s successful and reflects the brand. It was like going to school in online video.

TVNewser: Was there a learning curve?

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MSNBC Changes ‘Will Strengthen the Flow of our Programming,’ Says Griffin

msnbclogo_304x200News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule.

The network’s progressive turn, which is a proven success in the evenings, will now begin much earlier, at 1pmET as diplomat and writer Ronan Farrow joins the schedule. Joy Reid, who often filled in for Martin Bashir, follows at 2pm. “The Cycle,” a politics and pop culture chat show remains at 3, and Alex Wager‘s “Now” stays at 4pm.

“I’m confident the changes and additions to our lineup will strengthen the flow of our programming, ” MSNBC president Phil Griffin writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where “Morning Joe” leads into Chuck Todd‘s DC-based politics hour, following by Chris Jansing‘s newscast. Tamron Hall‘s “NewsNation” follows at 11am with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to Noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

As previously reported, former CBS, ABC, and CNN executive producer Kathy O’Hearn will oversee Farrow’s show. MSNBC original Omnika Thompson will be joining as senior producer. Thompson had overseen Thomas Roberts‘ show before he moved to the mornings.

Griffin’s note to the staff after the jump…

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Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC Show Gets Tentative Name and EP

ronan farrow_304x200Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Ronan Farrow‘s upcoming MSNBC show is tentatively dubbed “The Ronan Show,” and has hired longtime news producer Kathy O’Hearn as its EP.

O’Hearn most recently worked as SVP of Tina Brown‘s events series, before then serving as EP at CNN’s “Amanpour,” ABC News’ “This Week,” and CNBC’s “Topic A” with Tina Brown. She also worked on the digital side as SVP at The Daily Beast.

Jobs for Farrow’s show have begun being posted right here on Mediabistro’s job board for segment, video, and field producers.

Featured in a long The New York Times Magazine profile earlier this month, Farrow said his show will emphasize telling “real stories.”

The show’s start date and time slot is still not known. Farrow served as a guest this morning on “Jansing & Co.” to preview President Obama’s NSA speech.

Changes at CNN: Janelle Rodriguez to Atlanta; Kathy O’Hearn to EP ‘Campbell Brown’

Continuing CNN’s recent trend of announcing moves via tweet, CNN/US President Jon Klein announces today that “Campbell Brown” EP Janelle Rodriguez becomes CNN’s new Director of Programming in Atlanta. Kathy O’Hearn takes her spot in New York.

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O’Hearn was once executive producer of ABC’s “This Week,” and left ABC News in 2009 to take over CNNI’s “Amanpour.” In an odd twist, Christiane Amanpour will be leaving that CNN program to become anchor of “This Week.” Rodriguez took over EP duties at “Campbell Brown” in May of 2009, when she moved from EP of “American Morning.”

According to Klein, Rodriguez will “arrive just in time to work with all of our show teams in launching our new set and continuing the ambitious development of our dayside and weekend programming.” She’ll continue to report to Bart Feder, SVP or Programming.

The director of programming position has been open for a bit, as Scott Matthews moved over to head up the CNN Productions and Investigations unit in November.

Klein’s note to staff after the jump.

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O’Hearn Rejoins CNN as EP of New Amanpour Show

ohearn_3-31.jpgKathy O’Hearn has been named EP of the new Christiane Amanpour CNNI program.

The New York-based, half-hour weekday program is set to launch in September, and will air on CNNI as well as Sunday afternoons on CNN/U.S.

O’Hearn moved to the Special Events unit in July at ABC News after serving as EP of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She previously oversaw CNNfn and “American Morning with Paula Zahn.”

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Who Was at the White House Christmas Party Last Night?

WHUxmas_12.17.JPGOur spies spotted several tvnewsers at last night’s White House Christmas party — from ABC Kathy O’Hearn and Terry Moran; from CBS Bill Plante and Maggie Rodriguez; from NBC Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell and David Gregory; from FNC John Moody, Gretchen Carlson, and Steve Doocy; from CNN David Bohrman and husband and wife correspondent/anchor team of Dana Bash & John King; from FBN Jenna Lee, Kevin Magee and Ray Hennessey; and from CNBC Matt Cuddy and Nick Dunn.

Several guests brought their kids as escorts including Maureen Orth with son Luke Russert, FBN’s Liz Claman brought her daughter and FNC’s Brit Hume brought his granddaughter.

> More: Maria Bartiromo, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren also attended.

Ian Cameron To Become EP at “This Week”

TV Week reports (and FishbowlDC confirms), Ian Cameron will be named EP of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” An official announcement is expected later today.

Cameron is currently a senior producer for World News with Charles Gibson, based out of Washington.

Cameron replaces Kathy O’Hearn, who ABC News announced would be leaving the position in July to become a producer of special-event political coverage for the network.

Related: FBDC hears rumblings about who else was up for the job.

> Update: The announcement from ABC News president David Westin to his staff, after the jump…

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O’Hearn Out at This Week, Moves to Special Events

OHearn_7.3.jpgB&C’s John Eggerton reports Kathy O’Hearn is leaving her post as EP of This Week with George Stephanopoulos and will now produce special-event political coverage for ABC News. O’Hearn will be working with the group headed up by EP Marc Burstein in New York.

A source tells Eggerton that O’Hearn, who’s been EP of This Week for three years, will remain until a replacement is named.

“We have accomplished a lot in just three years,” O’Hearn said in an e-mail to staffers late today, “and I feel that I have achieved what I set out to do.”

The source tells Eggerton the move has been in the works for some time. “It was a mutual decision. She decided she wanted to try something new, and [ABC was] open to it.”