EXCLUSIVE: As Twentieth Television‘s Dish Nation gears up for its second season, the syndicated show’s creator/executive producer Stu Weiss, is leaving to return to Studio City, North America’s largest on-air marketing agency, which he co-founded in 1995 and serves as the Chief Creative Officer. Studio City has been the official marketing partner of the Olympic Games on NBC since 2010 and Weiss, who took a step back from his duties over the past year to focus on Dish Nation, will now oversee the on-air promotions campaign for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as developing new original programming for the company.
In light of Weiss’ departure, his No.2s on Dish Nation, co-executive producers Michael Bachmann and Matt Blanock, will take oversight of the day to day operations on the half-hour entertainment program, which features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. The radio shows whose teams are on Dish Nation include Rickey Smiley In The Morning (out of Atlanta), Kidd Kraddick In The Morning (Dallas), The Heidi & Frank Show (Los Angeles), and Brooke & Jubal In The Morning (Seattle). Kraddick died suddenly a couple of weeks ago, but the other four personalities from his show are returning to Dish Nation. Dish Nation is kicking off its second Season on September 9 after a successful first cycle. It is the youngest-skewing first-run program in all of syndication (median age 44.5). It is the the only entertainment magazine show to grow from November to July Sweeps and is No.1 among freshman syndie programs in key demos, including adults 18-34 (0.5 rating season-to-date), 18-49 (0.5, tied with Steve Harvey) and 25-54 (0.6, tied with Steve Harvey)