Amy Entelis Joins CNN

By Chris Ariens 

Former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned. Entelis, a 30-year ABC News veteran left the network in March for Sucherman Consulting Group. Entelis joins as Senior Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide. CNN Worldwide Managing Editor Mark Whitaker will announce the newly created position this morning. Entelis will oversee a new talent and program development unit for CNN/U.S., CNN International and HLN.

> Confirmed: Whitaker’s note to staff and the press release after the jump…

January 4, 2012
To: CNN Colleagues
From: Mark Whitaker

As we come off the news of the Iowa caucuses, I am pleased to share with you some news that is closer to home. We are announcing today that Amy Entelis, a thirty year veteran of ABC, will be joining our company as Senior Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide. As many of you may know, Amy is highly regarded throughout the television industry for her prowess at recruiting and developing reporters and anchors and for helping to shape several generations of programs at ABC.

In this newly created position, Amy will oversee a new unit that will spearhead and support talent and program development initiatives for all our networks, including CNN/US, CNN/International and HLN. Please join me in welcoming Amy to CNN when she begins later this month.

CNN Names Amy Entelis Senior Vice President for Talent and Content Development

CNN has named Amy Entelis to a newly created position of Senior Vice President, Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide, it was announced today by Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide Managing Editor.

Reporting directly to Whitaker, Entelis will be responsible for show development, including pilots and content acquisitions, and talent recruitment and strategy for all CNN networks and platforms including CNN, HLN and CNN International. Entelis will begin on January 17 and will be based in CNN’s New York offices.

Entelis has had an extensive career in television news as a producer and as a senior executive, spending more than 30 years at ABC where she was Senior Vice President of Talent Strategy, Development and Research until May 2011. While at ABC, Entelis hired and developed the careers of hundreds of journalists, both on and off-air, including recruiting and managing talent for the network’s most high-profile programs including Good Morning America, World News, Nightline and 20/20. Following ABC, Entelis served as Executive Vice President, Talent Strategy at Sucherman Consulting Group.

“Amy’s eye for talent and gift for nurturing it are legendary throughout the television industry,” said Whitaker. “In this key new executive role, she will help us even better showcase the great anchors, reporters and producers we already have at CNN and our other networks, attract the next generation of talent, and work with program developers both inside and outside the company to create our shows and specials of the future.”

“This position offers me a special opportunity to work with the talented journalists of CNN and to contribute to shaping its programming vision,” said Entelis. “I am thrilled to be joining the CNN team.”

Entelis served in a number of capacities while at ABC News. In addition to hiring and cultivating on-air talent, Entelis oversaw all off-air editorial recruiting, hiring and growth and development opportunities. She created mentoring programs, career development initiatives and a diversity advisory board. For ten years she led ABC News’ Business Affairs department, supervising all talent negotiations. As Senior Vice President of Talent Strategy, Development and Research, she was responsible for the news division’s strategic plan for on-air and off-air talent.

Entelis began her career on the weekly news magazine 20/20, and then spent five years as a producer at World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, specializing in business and economics reporting. ABC News President Roone Arledge recruited Entelis for her first management role with a mandate to develop women and minorities for on-air positions. Later at ABC, Entelis pioneered the first system in network news that coordinated the identification, recruitment and development of on-air talent.

Entelis has received many awards for her work as a producer, including the National News Emmy, the Dupont Columbia Award, the Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of NY, the Headliner Award, and the Planned Parenthood Award. A graduate of Vassar College, Entelis received her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.