Hot List: Roster 2004 Where Are They Now?

Jul 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The 12 industry professionals who made up TelevisionWeek‘s 2004 Hot List have continued to make their mark in the year since they were profiled. Here’s an update on their latest projects, deals and achievements:

Billy Bush continues to dish out celebrity scoops as co-anchor of “Access Hollywood.” He also co-hosted ABC’s “Oscar Pre-show” in February.

Jonathan Cody, who was former FCC Chairman Michael Powell’s legal adviser, is heading to Los Angeles to begin a new job as director of business development for Fox Television’s new Digital Media & Technology Group.

Media analyst Richard Greenfield has expanded his focus at Fulcrum Global Partners to include coverage of Warner Music Group, Pixar and DreamWorks. He continues to pay close attention to News Corp., Time Warner and other media conglomerates.

Discovery Channel Senior VP of Programming and Development Abby Greensfelder has ushered in a new batch of original series, including “Deadliest Catch” and “It Takes a Thief,” to join established hits such as “American Chopper” and “MythBusters.”

Jane Leisner, senior VP at Fox 21 studio, has a WB hit with the Ashton Kutcher-created reality show “Beauty and the Geek.” A comedy, “Free Birds,” is in the works for Fox’s fall lineup.

“Lost” executive producer and co-creator Damon Lindelof found that he had a top 10 prime-time hit with the series, whose eerie premise kept eyeballs glued to the screen and helped generate ABC’s ratings turnaround.

William Morris Agency Senior VP Raul Mateu was appointed to the Florida Film & Entertainment Advisory Council and headed the organizing committee for the first-ever Leaders of Spanish Language Television Awards.

GoldPocket Interactive CEO Scott Newnam has helmed deals with HSN, Food Network and CBS that let viewers shop, pick the next cooking show star or vote someone off the island with the click of a button.

David Preschlack was promoted from VP of national accounts, affiliate sales and marketing at ESPN to senior VP of national accounts for Disney and ESPN. He has brokered major cable distribution agreements with DirecTV and Adelphia.

Geoff Robison, senior VP and director of national TV at Palisades Media Group, continues to make marketing and product placement deals for growing clients Lions Gate and Electronic Arts and has eight Miramax projects lined up for the summer. Palisades has added political and interactive divisions.

Kate Snow, co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition, covered Hurricane Ivan in Florida and reported on the pope’s death from Vatican City. Ms. Snow is expecting her second child in September.

Sony Pictures Television’s Zack Van Amburg, senior VP of development and cable programming, got the go-ahead for new seasons of the critically acclaimed “Rescue Me,” “The Shield” and “Huff,” while an updated “The Partridge Family” will premiere in the fall on VH1.