Hamlin goes country for CMT

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Emmy- winning producer John Hamlin has been named senior vp production and development at CMT, based in Nashville.

Hamlin, whose appointment is effective in late July, will oversee all Nashville-based TV production and development, including series, events and music production. He will report to CMT head of development Bob Kusbit.

Hamlin, who has more than 25 years of TV experience, spent 15 years as a producer for CBS News' "60 Minutes," where he was responsible for editorial and production content, with journalists Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft, Bob Simon and Anderson Cooper.

He also has worked on hundreds of live concerts worldwide and held posts at CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN, where he worked on such sporting events as the Olympics, the World Series, Super Bowls and the NBA Finals.

"(Hamlin's) years of experience on one of TV's finest and most credible shows, combined with his enduring relationships within the music industry, will serve us well as we continue to expand our original programming," CMT executive vp and GM Brian Philips said.

Kusbit added that Hamlin will oversee such programs as the "CMT Music Awards," "Top 20 Countdown," "Crossroads," "CMT Insider" and all other series that originate from Nashville.

"Luring John away from Mike Wallace and the gang took a little finesse and a lot of luck, and I'm proud to welcome him to Nashville and CMT," Kusbit said.

Added Hamlin: "Everyone at MTV Networks have made it very clear to me that they are passionately committed to the future of CMT. … The chance to combine my love of both music and television in one job is incredibly exciting." MTV owns and operates CMT.

Hamlin has received five national Emmy nominations and two wins and is a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for newswriting from the Radio-Television News Directors Assn.

The news comes on the heels of Melanie Moreau getting promoted to vp development at CMT. Moreau, who also reports to Kusbit, will continue to operate out of CMT's Los Angeles office. She is responsible for the creation, development and production of new original entertainment programming at the network.

"Melanie's innovative programming approach has been integral to the growth of CMT's development slate," Kusbit said. "She is a proven hit-maker, and we're excited to see what new ideas she brings to our expanding slate."

Since joining CMT in 2003, Moreau has helmed such series as "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" and "Trick My Truck" and is overseeing production on several new originals, including "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge."
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