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ABC News Promotes Eric Avram and Santina Leuci

ABC News has promoted a pair of executives charged with wrangling tough interviews. Eric Avram has been promoted to Senior EP of division-wide interviews, reporting to ABC News president Ben Sherwood. In that role Avram will be in charge of interviews for ABC’s Medical, Business and Law & Justice teams as well as the Woodruff unit and the investigative units.

Santina Leuci, “Good Morning America’”s chief booker, will become executive editorial producer, while retaining her “GMA” duties. She will continue to report to “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski.

Avram has been the man charged with booking big guests for many of ABC’s primetime specials. As the network moved away from paying for interviews via license fees, it has been able to book big guests by promising maximum exposure on multiple platforms and shows. Leuci has been at the forefront of “GMA’”s revival, particularly during Robin Roberts‘ absence from the program, when a number of big names stepped in to help fill her shoes.

Sherwood’s note to staff, after the jump.
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‘Good Morning America’ Inducted into B&C Hall of Fame

In addition to overtaking “Today” as the #1 morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America” earned another distinction this year. Monday night, the show was inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.

Longtime anchors Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden (left) were in attendance representing all anchors of the show. ABC News president Ben Sherwood accepted the award and dedicated it to Robin Roberts, who is still recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery. Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and ABC SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida attended.

In an email to his staff, obtained by TVNewser, Cibrowski writes the award comes, “After 37 glorious years on the air! More than 20,000 hours of broadcasting, a distinguished group of wonderful journalists and hosts, and thousands of us behind the scenes working every day to get on the air with one of America’s top brands.”

ABC News Launching ‘GMA Live’ Web Show

ABC News is launching a live daily web show tied to its “Good Morning America” franchise. The 15-minute program “GMA Live,” will stream on goodmorningamerica.com and ABCNews.com at 9:15 AM every weekday starting on Monday, Dec. 10, and will be available on-demand afterward.

Anchors and contributors will vary day to day, but Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Sam Champion, Elizabeth Vargas and Amy Robach will all take turns hosting.

“This is a chance for our gang to put their feet up and bring everyone backstage right after we get off the air,” said “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski in a statement. “We are going to have a great time pulling back the curtain a bit.”

The content of the after-show isn’t entirely clear, though it sounds like it will expand on stories mentioned in the TV program itself. “Isn’t it too bad there is just two hours of “GMA” in your mornings?” says a voiceover in an ad for the show. The Barnes & Noble Nook has signed on as the launch sponsor of the digital series.

Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott Put On Another Kind of Show

“Good Morning America” anchors Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott hosted a gallery opening in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan last night showing the works of Champion’s fiance Rubem Robierb.

Among the guests: “Live” co-host and former New York Giant Michael Strahan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, ABC News SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and “GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and super agent Olivia Metzger.

Cibrowski told us he called it an early night on Tuesday. “Once I saw the 10 O’clock states come in, I kind of knew what to expect,” Cibrowski tells TVNewser. “And I had to be up in a few hours to get ["GMA"] on.”

Back at Times Square Studios, the lights had not yet gone out. Elliott told us he felt slightly guilty about the power outage which happened just before 11pmET. Stationed outside the studio in a 30 degree chill, the electricity used to light and heat his live shots may have caused the outage inside. “It’s completely dark,” recounted Elliott as he looked up to the second floor of the studio. “And I hear in my ear, ‘We’ve lost the lights, we need you to stretch.’” ABC elections EP Marc Burstein kept the network on the air by utilizing Elliot, reporters in the field and shuffling Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos in another part of the studio until the lights came back.

Back to last night’s show, Champion couldn’t have been more proud of Robierb, while facing the prospect that many of the works would soon have new homes. “I hope no one buys that one,” said Champion of the $10,000 lithograph at the front of the gallery. “That one’s been in the living room.”

A portion of the proceeds from last night’s sales from The Bullet-Fly Effect will be donated to the American Red Cross.

The Ticker: MSN, Baier, Colbert

  • Now that Microsoft has separated itself from MSNBC.com (save for a content-sharing arrangement), one of its first orders of business is to launch a new news operation, according to Mashable. “Staffers in Redmond, Wash. and New York will be responsible for 24/7 news coverage, largely made up of short, 300 to 500-word ‘news bites,’ and supplemented by content from Reuters and AP. ‘We’re going to look to take on other content partners as well,’ he added.”
  • Over the weekend we noted that CNN is launching a swing state series courtesy of contributor John Avlon. Turns out that FNC’s Bret Baier has had a regular segment since July of this year called ‘Counties that Count,’ and it sounds an awful lot like the one CNN is launching. As it happens, Baier is also in Colorado this week anchoring his program, where he will be doing his segment.
  • Tomorrow morning is the day that Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert serves as a guest co-ahost on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Says “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski:

 

Robin Roberts’ Mother Passes Away At 88

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts lost her mother yesterday. Lucimarian Roberts passed away in Mississippi at the age of 88. Roberts–who left “GMA” after yesterday’s show to be with her family–was by her side when she died.

“It is with deep regret and heavy prayer and reflection tonight that I write to tell you of the passing of Robin’s beautiful and inspiring mother, Lucimarian,” “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to ABC staff this morning. “Robin arrived home with her sister Sally-Ann, forging through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved Mother in time to see her.”

On “GMA” this morning, Diane Sawyer joined the program to help remember Lucimarian.

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Next week, Roberts returns to New York to begin preparations for a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS.

Robin Roberts to Interview President Obama

ABC “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will interview President Obama today at the White House. The interview will air tonight on “ABC World News,” “Nightline” and tomorrow morning on “GMA.”

The interview comes as the general election campaign heats up between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney. In addition, yesterday there was a pair of big news stories to come out of statewide elections, with GOP Senator Dick Lugar losing his primary in Indiana, and the state of North Carolina voting to ban gay marriage.

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Related: “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski talks to AdWeek about beating the “Today” show:

What’s going to change now that you’re in charge?

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ABC News Pours The Champagne to Celebrate First ‘GMA’ Weekly Win Since 1995


(l-r) ABC News SVP James Goldston, Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, GMA EP Tom Cibrowski

More than 200 ABC News staffers packed the 5th floor newsroom this morning for a toast and celebration of “Good Morning America” breaking the “Today” show’s winning streak that lasted 16 years and 16 weeks.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who was executive producer of the show when it came within striking distance in 2005, gave two toasts: first to his colleagues at NBC, acknowledging the streak, and a second to his team and all those who came before, including former longtime executives David Westin, Jim MurphyPhyllis McGrady and Shelley Ross, who was EP of the show for more than five years, beginning in 1999.

One longtime ABCNewser emailed, “The energy in the building is electric.” Sherwood, who first joined ABC News in 1989 talked about how before the streak, “We’d win a week, they’d win a week, then we’d win.” The back-and-forth ended on Dec. 11, 1995 when “Today” began its until-now unbroken 852-week winning streak. Sherwood himself jumped to NBC News in 1997 working on “Nightly News” before returning to ABC to oversee “GMA” in 2004. Sherwood talked about how many of the the show’s current staffers were in junior high or high school in 1995. News anchor Josh Elliott had just graduated from college.

Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo, former anchors on the show were in attendance while the current team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Elliott said a few words.

James Goldston who oversees the show as SVP, as well as Senior EP Tom Cibrowski also spoke. There was a lot of hugging, an insider tells us.

More pictures after the jump…

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It’s Official: ABC Elevates James Goldston and Tom Cibrowski

ABC News has made it official, elevating “Good Morning America” senior EP James Goldston to senior VP for content and development, and naming “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski senior EP of the program. Word of the shifts were first reported early last month by B&C.

In his new role Goldston will oversee all ABC News programs, as well as its EPs. He will also develop new programs for the network.

Goldston has steadily risen through the ranks at ABC since joining the network in 2004. Goldston, a former producer for ITV, is credited with breathing new life into the late night news program “Nightline,” and was rewarded with expanded oversight of other ABC News programming, including “This Week,” before adding “GMA” to his résumé.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note to staff, after the jump.

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The Ticker: Goldston, Claman, Ratigan…

  • Broadcasting & Cable reports ABC News is considering elevating “Good Morning America” senior executive producer James Goldston to “a more wide-ranging role.” The personnel change has no immediate timeline, according to B&C, but sources expect “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski to take over for Goldston.
  • FBN’s Liz Claman says she got to the anchor desk by demanding it (as the Fox Business mantra goes). “I was getting passed up to be an anchor,” Claman tells Boston.com, “and one day I stormed into my boss’ office, and I made a case to him that I should be an anchor.”
  • With the help of Deepak Chopra, Dylan Ratigan has turned over a new leaf, the MSNBC host tells The Hill. “I was the angriest man in cable up to about a year ago,” Ratigan says. “I’ve long since moved to a much happier lifestyle.”

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