Keith Olbermann has announced his production team at Current TV, and it includes a few staffers from his old MSNBC show. David Sarosi— formerly the producer of Olbermann’s opening and “Worst Persons in the World” segments at his old Countdown show on MSNBC—will head up the new production team as executive producer.
“Nobody knows what Countdown should be more than Dave Sarosi,” Olbermann said in a release announcing the new appointments. “For most of its last five years, he produced the old showʼs two most essential segments. . . . Heʼs intimately familiar with every other aspect of the production, and from his start with the show, he has had both the vision and the view of the playing field, critical for an executive producer.”
Along with the news about Sarosi, Current also announced the appointment of six other staff members to the Countdown team. They include another former MSNBC staffer, Katy Ramirez Karp, who was booking producer at Olbermann’s old show (she will have the same position at the new one); Leslie Bella-Henry, who was a senior producer for CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight; Bob Lilly, who was at one time senior producer at CNN’s New York bureau; Joe Lapointe, a New York Times sportswriter who will be a segment producer; Joel Schwartzberg from PBS Interactive who will be Olbermann’s digital executive producer; and Aaron Volkman, who joins the team as a senior producer from MLB Networks.
Olbermann first announced his new show, which will also be called Countdown With Keith Olbermann, in a video message posted online in late April. The staffing news comes less than a month after Olbermann announced his contributor lineup, which included some familiar faces from his old show but predictably did not include any of the old regulars like Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who is also an MSNBC contributor. Current executives are hoping that his arrival as host of Countdown and as Current's "chief news officer" marks something of a new beginning for the network, which has since started building a prime-time slate around his show. Olbermann's new show premieres later this month.