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Top syndication executive Terry Wood is stepping down from her longtime post at CBS TV Distribution.
Wood is expected to exit her role as president of creative affairs and development at the end of the year. She currently oversees all new program creation and production for the syndicator, which is the most prolific daytime distributor in the country.
“Over the past twelve years, Terry has made substantial and lasting contributions to CBS Television Distribution and helped define the current face of daytime television in the process,” said CBS TV Distribution in a statement. “She developed and launched five new series — including Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray — that remain on the air today. In addition, Terry has overseen our on-going series with competitive fire, energy and innovation at every turn. We respect her desire to pursue the next chapter in her career and are quite confident her talents will bring success to whatever that opportunity may be.”
Insiders compared her exit to Robert Greenblatt leaving Showtime, another successful executive who left a company following a period of successful development to seek out a new venture.
Wood joined Paramount Domestic TV in 1998 and remained with the company after the 2006 merger with King World. She’s credited with overseeing the production of such daytime staples as Dr. Phil, Judge Judy and Entertainment Tonight. Her most recent project was Swift Justice With Nancy Grace, which debuted this fall.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster