Estey McLoughlin Named president of Telepictures Productions

Aug 30, 2006  •  Post A Comment

In a widely expected move, Telepictures Productions Executive VP and General Manager Hilary Estey McLoughlin has been named president of the company.

Ms. Estey McLoughlin’s promotion comes one week after Ken Werner was named to replace the retiring Dick Roberston as president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

She is replacing her former boss, Jim Paratore, who announced Aug. 22 he was stepping down as president of Telepictures Productions President and executive VP of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to form his own Warner Bros.-based production company.

“There is no one more qualified to lead Telepictures than Hilary,” said Mr. Paratore in a statement. “She was my first hire when we started the company and has been an important part of all of the success that we have had over the years. This is just about as seamless of a transition as you can have. The company won’t miss a beat.”

The announcement of Ms. Estey McLoughlin’s ascension was made Wednesday by Bruce Rosenblum, president, of Warner Bros. Television Group, to whom she will report.

Ms. Estey McLoughlin has been responsible for 17 syndicated Telepictures strips during her tenure at the company, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Extra,” “Jenny Jones,” “Change of Heart,” “Judge Mathis,” “elimiDATE” and the upcoming fall debut talk series, “The Dr. Keith Ablow Show.”

Prior to her promotion to executive VP and general manager in July 2002, Ms. Estey McLoughlin served three years as senior VP of programming and development. In that post she was responsible for expanding the company’s development and production activities in New York. Among the series she was involved in launching were “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Queen Latifah” and “Change of Heart.” She also spent 18 months as an executive producer on “Rosie,” where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards.

Ms. Estey McLoughlin began her career in 1984 as a research analyst for Seltel, Inc. She joined the Lorimar-Telepictures research department in 1986, holding various titles including senior research analyst, manager and director of research. She was named director of development for Lorimar-Telepictures Productions in 1989 and was promoted to VP of development for Telepictures Productions upon the company’s inception in 1992.