'Late Late' books outside help


CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" has hired an outside talent booking agency. "Late Late Show" producer Worldwide Pants has retained JB Talent to handle guest booking for the late-night show, something that previously was done internally. JB Talent was founded in 2005 by former "Entertainment Tonight" supervising producer Jen Kasle Furmaniak.

"In the three years since Craig Ferguson took over as host, 'The Late Late Show' has developed rapidly -- both in our viewing audience and in the quality of the show," the show's executive producer Peter Lassally said. "With Jen's help, we now feel we have the capability for our guest bookings to keep pace with our growth."

"Late Late Show" follows in the footsteps of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which two years ago also switched from in-house booking to an outside agency, Central Talent Booking.