Details of the talk shows’ end as well as the new leadership team were announced to staff in a memo from Tracie Wilson, who serves as NBCUniversal’s executive vice president of syndication studios, on Friday morning.
In it, Wilson shared that as Tammy Filler continues her role as executive vice president and editor-in-chief of E! News, she will have three direct reports including Jen Lavin leading creative, Jamie Blynn leading online editorial and someone who will be hired to lead digital strategy.
Additionally, on the production side, Ed Zarcoff will lead E!’s production group as senior vice president of news operations, reporting to Wilson and collaborating with Vinnie Fusco and Kristin Killackey, who continue lead first-run production operations.
“Daily Pop,” which premiered in May 2017 and is currently hosted by Justin Sylvester and Loni Love, will air its last episode in mid-September. “Nightly Pop” premiered in October 2018 and is hosted by Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March. It will end its run in early October.
Wilson also noted plans to launch a new nightly show on E! in late October. Details are yet to come, but the show is intended to “return to the roots of the E! News brand as the gold standard of entertainment news coverage.”
See the full memo below.
Over the past six months I’ve been digging deep into the E! News business. As we shared in February, our goal is to create a center of excellence for entertainment news at NBCU, and I want to start by acknowledging and thanking all of you who are already working day in and day out to help make that happen.
When initially we spoke, we promised to reconnect as soon as we had a better idea of the new organizational structure, and we wanted to share some of that with you today.
We are creating a centralized “Terrace Studios” umbrella, sharing critical support functions across the Access and E! News brands such as stage, production management, hair and makeup, etc. This will enable us to work smarter and stronger, maximizing existing expertise while freeing up resources to compete on a larger scale. It’s a natural fit for these two amazing brands to join forces. Access has reestablished itself as THE home of entertainment news on broadcast, and E! News remains one of the most iconic multi-platform brands in the industry.
One of our top priorities is to solidify E!’s role in entertainment news well into the future, and on that note, we are restructuring the leadership team to better help us achieve that goal.
Our digital footprint continues to be one of the brand’s strongest assets, and Tammy Filler – who has done a phenomenal job growing engagement over the past few years – will remain in her role as EVP and Editor-in-Chief overseeing the digital E! News organization and developing a robust slate of digital originals. Tammy will have three direct reports whose teams will help grow and shape the brand moving forward; Jen Lavin will lead creative, Jamie Blynn will oversee E! online editorial, and we are actively searching for someone to oversee digital strategy. I truly believe each of these executives is incredible at what they do, and that this new structure will set this team up for success moving forward.
In addition, we are extending our ‘center of excellence’ concept to the production side of the business. Ed Zarcoff will lead this group as SVP, News Operations reporting directly into me; he will partner closely with Vinnie Fusco and Kristin Killackey who will continue to run all first-run production operations. Ed will remain responsible for digital production management as well as take on the following teams: news operations, photo and booking. Ed’s institutional knowledge coupled with his past newsroom experience make him a natural fit for this expanded role, and I’m confident this change will streamline and strengthen our production process.
Finally, as we continue to focus on the future of E! and its news offerings, we are going to be launching a new show on the linear network that will air nightly beginning in late October. We will be announcing more details in the coming weeks, but our vision for the linear show is to return to the roots of the E! News brand as the gold standard of entertainment news coverage. As we continue to move the brand in this direction, Daily Pop will end its run in mid-September and Nightly Pop will conclude in early October, paving the way for us to focus audiences on our new show. I want to say a huge thank you to the Daily Pop and Nightly Pop teams for their creativity and commitment, including working countless hours to keep these shows up and running through the pandemic.
I know change can be challenging, but I am truly excited about the future of these brands that we are going to build together. In the next few minutes, you’ll see a meeting invite pop on your calendar for a virtual Town Hall at 10:15 am PT / 1:15 pm ET so we can connect and walk through these changes together.
I appreciate your dedication, flexibility and support as we continue work through this process. Looking forward to “seeing” you soon.
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