Tom Petner

Tom Petner is an award-winning journalist and media executive. Most recently Petner was Editor of the broadcast industry newsletter, "ShopTalk" and Director of Temple University's journalism program, the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL). Previously, Petner led several successful broadcast news operations, first as Vice President and News Director at WWOR Television in the New York market, and then as Vice President of News at WTAE Television in Pittsburgh. His many newsroom credits include service as an Assignment Manager, Executive Producer and Managing Editor at CBS O&O stations in Philadelphia and New York. His online management experience includes roles as an Executive Producer, Publisher and SVP at the online start-up and Chief Operating Office at
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Recent Stories by Tom Petner

With Major Stars of 'Big Bang Theory' Without Contracts, Production is Officially Delayed

Posted July 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

"Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar [of 'The Big Bang Theory'] have not yet reached a new deal with studio Warner Bros. Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with the cast officially not......

NBC Picks Actress/Singer Not That Well Known to Most of the TV Viewing Public to Play the Title Character in 'Peter Pan' Live

Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

NBC has found its Peter Pan. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the upcoming live musical will star an actress and singer not that well known to the viewing public. She is Allison Williams, 26, who co-stars as......

HBO Greenlights Miniseries From Creator of 'The Wire'

Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

HBO has lined up the key players for a miniseries from "The Wire" co-creator David Simon. reports that "Inside Llewin Davis" lead Oscar Isaac will star in "Show Me a Hero," which has a green light from the......

TV Networks Face a 'New Competitor' in Prime Time

Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Broadcast and cable networks are struggling to compete against a "new competitor," Variety reports. That competitor, as strange as it might sound, is themselves. "In the past year, the volume of DVR playback viewing that occurs during prime-time hours......

Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead

Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore was found dead Tuesday. USA Today reports that Jessica Barrymore was found in a car near San Diego. Drew Barrymore responded with a statement to People magazine, saying: "Although I only met her......