CBS Taps Tonys' Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner as Emmy Producers
The duo, no strangers to live telecasts, have several Emmy wins under their collective belt.
The TV Academy and CBS are tapping some slightly new blood for the 2017 Primetime Emmys, signing Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to executive produce under their White Cherry Entertainment banner.
It's a change of pace for the Emmys, which have been handled by Don Mischer for the last three years. Weiss and Kirshner round out a creative team toplined by host Stephen Colbert. The Late Show host signed on to serve as master of ceremonies in January, alongside his showrunner Chris Licht, who will also serve as a producer.
“We are thrilled to be working with the accomplished team at White Cherry Entertainment, and we’re looking forward to seeing their unique and innovative approach to the telecast,” said TV Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “Glenn’s exceptional direction of past Emmy Awards, along with his and Ricky’s collective experience producing some of the most widely acclaimed television specials, ensures that the 69th Emmys will be as dynamic and entertaining as the vibrant television landscape.”
Weiss has directed six Emmys, but this is indeed their first time producing. The two are no strangers to CBS, having produced multiple Tony Awards (including the upcoming 2017 show) and The Kennedy Center Honors.
“Glenn and Ricky have done outstanding work with CBS on The Tony Awards and The Kennedy Center Honors,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment executive vp specials, music and live events. “This multiple Emmy Award-winning team has produced some of the most unforgettable TV moments, and we can’t wait to work with them on the biggest night celebrating television.”
This year's Primetime Emmys, the 69th annual kudos, will again tape live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The show is set for Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.