Freedman in the zone at syndie 'TMZ'


Telepictures Prods. confirmed Tuesday that Bryn Freedman has been tapped to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of its upcoming syndicated newsmagazine "TMZ" (HR 4/30).

Freedman will take on the title of co-executive producer on the half-hour strip, overseeing all aspects of the show's production. She joins executive producers Harvey Levin and Jim Paratore at the helm of the program, which has been cleared for its Sept. 10 launch in 95% of the U.S. by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

In addition, Telepictures has named Charles Latibeaudiere supervising producer of "TMZ," Lee Brownstein as the show's director and Dana DeMars as the executive in charge of production of the show, based on Telepictures/AOL's entertainment news site.

"This team has the creativity and experience to make 'TMZ' great TV," Levin said.

Added Paratore: "Bryn's journalism background, Charles' hands-on experience producing a daily TV magazine, Lee's knowledge of new technology and Dana's managerial prowess are exactly what we need to create a compelling television version of TMZ."

Freedman has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, producer, reporter, anchor and author. Most recently, she was executive producer of A&E's docuseries "Intervention."

She also has served as deputy bureau chief for ABC News in Los Angeles and worked with Barry Diller, then chairman and CEO of USA Broadcasting, to develop various projects, including "The Times USA," a daily news program aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds.

Latibeaudiere has spent the past eight years at WBDTD/Telepictures' syndicated newsmagazine "Extra," most recently as senior producer, supervising and producing the daily version of the show.

Brownstein has worked at NFL Films as a cameraman and editor and is one of the original producer/directors for MTV Sports. He worked on Michael Moore's "TV Nation."

DeMars was co-executive producer of "Road Rules 2007: Viewers' Revenge," "The Bad Girls Club" and "One Ocean View."

"TMZ" will be produced in Los Angeles by Harvey Levin Productions Inc. and paraMedia Inc. in association with Telepictures.