Olbermann Looking for New E.P., as Izzy Povich Heads to Lawrence O’Donnell Show

By Chris Ariens 

Izzy Povich, who has been Keith Olbermann’s Executive Producer for more than six years, is sliding back two hours and will now oversee Lawrence O’Donnell’s new 10pmET show as Senior Executive Producer.

Povich, who has been with MSNBC since the start in 1996, tells TVNewser, “After seven great years at Countdown, I’m excited to be working with Lawrence on this new challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

O’Donnell is filling in on “Countdown” for the next two weeks as Olbermann is on vacation. Back at MSNBC, the search begins for Olbermann’s new EP.

We hear another staffer on “Countdown” may also be leaving the show heading to another MSNBC daypart. Stay tuned for details.

Press release after the jump…

> Related: WHC Insider – Povich spurned network offers in 2006 to stay with Olbermann.

NEW YORK – July 19, 2010 – Izzy Povich has been named Senior Executive Producer of Lawrence O’Donnell’s new program, which will debut this fall at 10 pm ET on MSNBC. The announcement was made by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC and is effective immediately. “Izzy has done a tremendous job for years on ‘Countdown’ and is a key member of my team,” said Griffin. “She’s the perfect person to take on the challenge of launching Lawrence’s show and help take MSNBC to the next level.”

Povich was previously Executive Producer of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” since February 2004. A new Executive Producer of “Countdown” will be named at a later date. As Executive Producer of “Countdown,” Povich oversaw all editorial content for the show. Prior to her current role, Povich served as a Senior Producer for “Countdown” from the program’s launch in 2003.

Povich joined MSNBC in 1996 and in 1998, she became the Senior Producer for the MSNBC Central Booking Unit. From 2000-2003, Povich served as Senior Producer and Supervising Producer for several MSNBC programs.

Povich began her career as an account executive for Ogilvy and Mather Public Relations in 1989 and as an associate producer for WNBC New York in 1990, before serving as a producer on “The Maury Povich Show” from 1992-1996. She also served as a producer for CBS’s “Day and Date” in 1996.

Povich holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She is married to Andrew Povich, and has two children, Molly and Ben.