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Readying for a Sept. 9 launch, The Arsenio Hall Show has filled out its senior production team with Claudia Cagan as senior talent producer and Makiko Ushiyama as producer.
Executive producers Arsenio Hall, John Ferriter and Neal Kendall also announced that Renee Henson and Luke Sader have joined as talent producers and Holly Crosby and Stephanie Story have been hired as coordinating producers. Christopher McDonald has come aboard as music producer.
Cagan and Ushiyama worked with Hall on the original The Arsenio Hall Show (which aired from 1989-94 — while Sader, McDonald, Crosby and Storey all worked in the past with Kendall when he was overseeing The Tavis Smiley Show.
“The advantage of launching a new show with a production team that we have history with can’t be underestimated,” said Hall. “We can begin with the shorthand that it typically takes one or two seasons to find, giving us a real edge as we move forward.”
Cagan most recently was a senior segment producer for E! News and has worked for Entertainment Tonight and Extra as a talent executive. Ushiyama was a segment producer for Access Hollywood and before that worked for E! Entertainment and KCET as well as on Donny & Marie. Henson was most recently supervising producer on BET’s Don’t Sleep hosted by TJ Holmes; she also has been a talent producer for Showtime’s Stephen A!, The Megan Mullally Show and Penn & Teller: BS.
Before Smiley, Sader was a talent producer on The Wayne Brady Show and a talent booker for Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher. McDonald, who booked Prince and Tony Bennett, among others, on Smiley, has produced and developed programming for CNN and HLN.
Cosby, who produced Tavis Smiley for six seasons, also was a producer and writer for The Jeff Corwin Experience and a coordinating producer for Starz! Movie News. Storey, who was a senior producer on Tavis Smiley for seven seasons, recently produced The Writers’ Room for Sundance Channel.
Hall’s show, being shot in Hollywood, is produced by Eye Productions in association with Hall’s company and Octagon Entertainment Productions. It’s being distributed in domestic syndication by CBS Television Distribution and will air at 11 p.m. in most markets.
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