Emmy Award-winning television producer Sheila Sitomer has signed an exclusive overall deal with Telepictures Productions to develop new shows for syndication as well as to join Steve Lange as Executive Producer of the successful news magazine "EXTRA," it was announced today by Jim Paratore, President, Telepictures Productions.
Sitomer joins "EXTRA" this summer, following ten years at "Inside Edition," where she served as executive producer for the last three years. This season "EXTRA" and "Inside Edition" have been running neck and neck for the top spot in the competitive syndicated news magazine race, with "EXTRA" consistently leading in the key demos - men and women 18 - 49 and 25 - 54. "EXTRA" has already been renewed through the 1999/2000 season in more than 80% of the country, including NBC Television's O&O's in New York (WNBC-TV), Los Angeles (KNBC-TV), Chicago (WMAQ-TV), Philadelphia (WCAU-TV), Miami (WTVJ-TV) and Columbus (WCMH-TV).
"It's not often that you have the opportunity to hire away the show runner of your direct competition, especially one with Sheila's stature, experience and track record of success," said Paratore. "Sheila will not only be a great asset to 'EXTRA,' but also to Telepictures in developing new shows for syndication."
"Leaving a long-running show like 'Inside Edition' after ten years is difficult, but this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I'm excited about joining Telepictures because they're an innovative company committed to producing top-quality programming," said Sitomer.
Under Sitomer's guidance, "Inside Edition" received a number of awards for journalistic excellence, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award (Society of Professional Journalists), the 1996 George Polk Award and the National Headliner Award for the last three years.
Prior to her tenure at "Inside Edition," Sitomer held a number of different news production posts, including supervising producer for the Fox series "The Reporters"(1988) and field producer for WWOR-TV's "Evening Magazine" (1987-88), where she won a New York Emmy for her piece "AIDS on Seventh Avenue." From 1981-86, Sitomer served as a field producer and director for "Good Morning America," having joined that show from WCBS-TV's "7:30 Magazine" (1979-81), where she won her first New York Emmy.
Telepictures Productions is a leader in the development and production of programming for the first-run syndication marketplace. The company specializes in reality and reality-based series and specials for all media (network, first-run syndication and cable) and all day parts (daytime, primetime, access and late-night).
"EXTRA," a Time Telepictures Television production, is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.