Three months after Warner Bros TV brought in former Fox reality chief Mike Darnell in a broad unscripted/alternative role that includes overseeing first-run syndication division Telepictures Prods, Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin has jumped to rival CBS TV Distribution as President, Creative Affairs. There, she will report to Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group. McLoughlin, a 27-year Telepictures veteran who had headed the company since 2006, quietly stepped down immediately after Darnell’s appointment was announced in July. I hear she was offered a producing deal at the studio but declined. Estey McLoughlin is bringing a top-level first-run syndication expertise to CBSTVD, which has been lacking since the departure of CBSTVD president John Nogawski a year ago when CBS Studios International president Nuñez was given the reins of the division. At Telepictures, Estey McLoughlin shepherded such shows as Ellen and TMZ. At CBSTVD she will oversee all first-run syndication programming, including current series and development. “Hilary is a gifted and forward-thinking executive with an outstanding resume of success for identifying and nurturing talent, as well as launching successful shows in syndication,” said Nuñez. The company’s current slate includes freshmen Arsenio and The Test and stalwarts Judge Judy, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Wheel Of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Rachael Ray. Next up is Serch, a syndicated daytime hourlong talk show hosted by 1980s rapper MC Serch, which will begin a four-week test run on Tribune stations in eight markets, including New York and Los Angeles, on January 6, 2014.
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