Wood Named to Head Creative for King World, Paramount

Jan 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Terry Wood has been named president of creative affairs and development for both King World Productions and Paramount Domestic Television, it was announced Wednesday by Leslie Moonves, co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom.

Ms. Wood has been serving as executive VP of programming for Paramount Domestic Television. In the newly created position, Ms. Wood will expand her responsibilities to develop programming for two of the most prolific distribution systems in television. Collectively, King World and Paramount Domestic Television provide 44 weekly hours of original programming for the syndication market, including six of the top 10 overall series in syndication.

“To take advantage of her talents, we have created a unique structure with an eye on putting more programming into the pipeline of Viacom’s two syndication powerhouses,” Mr. Moonves said in a statement. He added that King World and Paramount Domestic Television would continue to operate independently.

In addition to overseeing development and production of new programming for both of Viacom’s syndication divisions, Ms. Wood will continue to oversee production of Paramount’s series “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider” and “Dr. Phil,” and will shepherd brand extension for these properties, which has recently included “ET on MTV,” “ET on VH1,” “ET” for the U.K. and the “Dr. Phil” and “Entertainment Tonight” prime-time specials for CBS.

Ms. Wood will report in her new capacity to Roger King, CEO of CBS Enterprises and King World Productions; and Joel Berman, president of Paramount Worldwide Television Distribution. For her current programming responsibilities at Paramount, she will continue to report to Greg Meidel, president of programming for Paramount Domestic Television.

Ms. Wood joined Paramount Domestic Television in November 1998 as VP of programming and was responsible for overseeing “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy.”

Before joining Paramount she served as executive director of development for Harpo Entertainment, where she produced the award-winning special “Dinner with Oprah” as part of the launch of the Oprah Book Club.