Hilary Estey McLoughlin Leaves Telepictures for CBS Television Distribution
UPDATED: She has been named president of creative affairs at CTD.
Telepictures Productions president Hilary Estey McLoughlin has been named president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution.
The news comes three months after former Fox reality chief Mike Darnell was named president of unscripted and alternative programming and syndicated fare at Warner Bros. Television. The move put Darnell in charge of the studio's Telepictures first-run syndication division as well as the unscripted efforts at Warner Horizon, which produces American Idol rival The Voice.
Estey McLoughlin segued into a producer role before leaving the company last month. She had been president of Telepictures since 2006, overseeing all aspects of the company, including programming such as Ellen and TMZ. At CTD, she will report to Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group.
In this position, Estey McLoughlin will oversee all first-run syndication programming for CBS Corp.'s domestic distribution division. She also will be in charge of current programs and developing new series across all traditional and new genres of programming for the syndication marketplace.
CTD's programming slate includes top-rated syndicated shows such as Judge Judy, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Rachael Ray.
“Hilary is a gifted and forward-thinking executive with an outstanding resume of success for identifying and nurturing talent, as well as launching successful shows in syndication,” said Nuñez. “She also has a great track record of innovation in using digital and social media to enhance programming brands.”
Said Estey McLoughlin: “I am looking forward to capitalizing on [CTD's] tremendous assets, legacy shows, top-caliber talent and producers to create innovative and distinctive multiplatform brands that resonate for the CBS owned stations, other top station groups and across today's syndication marketplace."
Throughout her 27-year tenure at Telepictures, Estey McLoughlin shepherded such programming franchises as Ellen, Extra, Judge Mathis, The People's Court and TMZ. She also was instrumental in the development and launch of The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Tyra Banks Show and Jenny Jones. Most recently, she oversaw the Fox summer talk show tests Bethenny, which launched in syndication this fall, and The Real.
Estey McLoughlin started her career as a research analyst at Seltel before joining the Lorimar-Telepictures research department.