Veteran Television & Creative Executive Terry Wood Named President Of Unscripted & Original Syndication At One Three Media
Los Angeles – One Three Media, the joint venture between Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation that produces major network hits The Voice (NBC) and Shark Tank (ABC), has named veteran television and creative executive Terry Wood president of unscripted and original syndication.
Wood was previously president of creative affairs and development at CBS Television Distribution. Wood’s resume includes responsibility of all new program development and production and dominated the syndication landscape with long-running hits including Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Insider, and The Doctors. Wood was also in charge of production of current series including: Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Judge Judy, and Judge Joe Brown. Wood also was named to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame along with being chosen as one of Television Week’s “12 To Watch” as well as being featured in the Hollywood Reporter “Women In Entertainment: Power 100 List.”
Together, Burnett and One Three Media are producing an unprecedented five unscripted series on three major networks: The Voice and Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, Shark Tank on ABC, Survivor and The Job on CBS. One Three Media produces The Voice and Shark Tank.
“I have known and admired Terry for many years,” Burnett said. “She is a personal friend and a top-level producer with an unparalleled track record of success with quality programming—which is very important in differentiating television storytelling today. She is a perfect fit for One Three as we expand our business into 2013.”
Wood takes over an unscripted division that is again off to a stellar season, often scoring No. 1 in the key demographic timeslot ratings for its shows four nights out of seven on the network television schedule. The Voice extended its lead over X Factor (and is the No. 1 unscripted TV series in the coveted 18-49 demographic), Shark Tank topped all Friday night series—scripted and reality—in the 18-49 demo, Survivor continues its epic run, consistently winning its regular Wednesday 8 p.m. slot and Celebrity Apprentice is likely to dominate Sunday’s at 10 p.m. as it fires again for a 13th season that premieres in 2013.
Wood joining One Three Media follows the company’s hiring in May of longtime HBO executive Anne Thomopoulos—another highly accomplished and experienced producer—as the company’s president of scripted.
“We now have two of the most talented and experienced executives in the industry running the creative idea origination through production for our company and we are poised for enormous growth, without compromising quality,” Burnett added.
“We’re intent on growing the reach and capabilities of One Three,” said Scott Sassa, president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. “We are extremely serious and excited about our future. Anne’s hiring was the first key step in that process and Terry coming aboard is another. They are both amazing and will complement each other’s skills.”
“I’ve known Mark for years and am thrilled to join his team at One Three,” Wood said. “He has more hits on television than anyone. I’ve been looking for the perfect place to start the next chapter of my career and this is absolutely the right fit because I care about producing quality shows.”
The scripted unit, headed by Thomopoulos, who has an equally impressive track record, is targeting series for both network and pay cable buyers. The One Three scripted business began with its distribution of the epic 10-hour miniseries The Bible that Burnett and his wife Roma Downey have produced and which premieres in spring 2013 on HISTORY.
About One Three Media
One Three Media is a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and Mark Burnett. Since 2001, Burnett’s series have been nominated for 67 Emmy Awards and he has personally won four, along with four People’s Choice Awards. In 2007, Burnett was elected into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2009, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2010 Burnett received the Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award from the Producers Guild of America. In addition, Burnett has been named one of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People, has received BRANDWEEK’s Marketer of the Year award, and has been named a TV Guide’s Most Valuable Player. Last year, Hearst and Burnett formed One Three Media, a long-term media, production and events-based joint venture, with Hearst acquiring an interest in Burnett’s existing production business.
About Hearst Corporation
Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 36 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18 percent of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, HISTORY and ESPN; significant holdings in the automotive, electronics and medical/pharmaceutical industries; a 50 percent stake in the global ratings agency Fitch Group; Internet and marketing services businesses; television production; newspaper features distribution; and real estate. Follow us on Twitter @HearstCorp.
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