Morning Media Newsfeed: Wolff Named EP of The View | Wright to Exit Turner Broadcasting

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Bill Wolff Named EP of The View, Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as Co-EP (TVNewser)
A week after signing off as EP of The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Wolff has been announced as the new executive producer of The View. Deadline Hollywood The network also named Brian Balthazar as co-executive producer, Ashley S. Gorman as director and Kathleen Rajsp as senior supervising producer. HuffPost Talk of Wolff jumping to ABC has been growing louder for weeks, with pretty much everyone reporting the news but ABC itself. Maddow also gave Wolff a special farewell during her show, hinting at his new gig on The View. She called Wolff’s departure the “end of an era.” The Wrap In addition to executive producing Maddow, Wolff served as MSNBC’s primetime programming vice president. His credits also include executive producer of MSNBC’s The Situation With Tucker Carlson, and Fox Sports Networks I, Max as well as coordinating producer, creator for ESPN’s Around The Horn. B&C Wolff replaces Bill Geddie in running the daytime program, which is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom overhaul ahead of its new season which debuts Sept. 15. Among the changes for The View, which saw the departures of panelists Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and show creator Barbara Walters, include a new logo and set, the first time in the show’s 17-year history that it will change its on-air look. While Rosie O’Donnell was announced to return to the show to join the sole returning panelist Whoopi Goldberg, the other two or three seats have yet to be decided.

Michael Wright to Exit Turner Broadcasting (Variety)
Michael Wright, the president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, has decided to leave the company. Deadline Hollywood Wright’s future at Turner had been in limbo following the April departure of Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin. Wright had been the internal contender to replace him, but the Turner leadership also opted to meet with outside candidates, and have been doing so for the past four months. THR / The Live Feed The news comes amid major changes at the company, which included layoffs earlier this week. Turner chief John Martin has repeatedly expressed his desire to revamp and streamline the media conglomerate, which means revolutionizing its Turner Broadcasting unit. LA Times / Company Town Wright plans to remain on the job for a few weeks during a search for his successor, an executive familiar with his plans who asked not to be identified said late Thursday. Wright has been with Turner more than a decade. He is credited with being a key member of the programming team that put TNT and TBS on the map with such popular and critically acclaimed original dramas as The Closer, Falling Skies and Men of A Certain Age.

Netflix Acquires The Blacklist for $2 Million an Episode (Deadline Hollywood)
In what is believed to be the biggest subscription video-on-demand deal for a TV series, Netflix has acquired the rights to hit NBC drama The Blacklist from Sony Pictures TV in a deal that will net $2 million per episode. The Verge The Blacklist became a breakout success last year and reportedly saw around 12 million viewers on each episode. Its first season will reportedly begin streaming next weekend on Netflix, which is the only place that it’ll be found online for a while. Variety The deal makes it the most expensive off-network current series picked up by Netflix, eclipsing the roughly $1.35 million that it shelled out for AMC’s The Walking Dead. Netflix also got close to the $2 million threshold last year when it picked up rights to all eight years of CBS-owned Showtime’s Dexter, which had just wrapped up its run. The CBS dramas Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles garnered cable syndication license fees of more than $2 million. THR Netflix, which has more than 50 million paid subscribers, is known for spending big on exclusive pacts. The streamer is said to have paid more than $1 million an episode for CBS’ 2015 summer series Zoo.