The CNN Ticker: Promotions, Amanpour, Upwave

By Alex Weprin 

  • CNN has promoted a number of its bureau chiefs, including Darius Walker, Pete Janos and Mary Lynn Ryan, as well as Eric Sherling in the DC bureau. We have the emails with the details, after the jump.

  • HLN has announced the shows that will make up its “Upwave” programming block. They include two cooking shows (including one hosted by “Top Chef” winner Richard Blais. Details after the jump.

Promotion emails:

From: Burke, Terence
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 9:02 AM
Subject: CNN Domestic Bureau Chiefs

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing three well-deserved promotions.

Our fantastic regional bureau chiefs – Pete Janos, Darius Walker, and Mary Lynn Ryan – have been promoted to Vice-President.

CNN’s Domestic Bureaus have long been absolutely essential to our news gathering organization, and our Bureau Chiefs have guided CNN’s coverage of some of the most important stories of our times.

Pete, M.L. and Darius are all dedicated journalists, strong leaders, and terrific colleagues. They embody all that makes CNN great, and I’m honored to announce their promotions.

Please join me in congratulating them.


From: Feist, Sam
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 9:25:58 AM
Subject: Eric Sherling

I am thrilled to announce that Eric Sherling has been promoted to Vice President and Director of Washington Programming. Eric has proven himself as both an outstanding television news producer and an excellent manager. From the launch of The Lead and Crossfire to his production of Election Night and inauguration – Eric has shown himself to be one of the most outstanding producers in our business. In his ten years at CNN (with a brief interruption as the Executive Broadcast Producer at GMA) Eric has produced newscasts in Atlanta and DC, was Executive Producer of Wolf Blitzer Reports and the Situation Room and, since his return from ABC in 2011, has overseen CNN’s Washington programming. Before joining CNN, Eric was an executive producer at local stations in Kentucky and Florida. And along the way, he also picked up a law degree at Georgetown University – producing newscasts by day and attending law school at night.

We are lucky to have Eric on our team and as one of our key leaders. And for those of you who worked on Election Night 2012 (that would be just about all of you), you can thank Eric for helping us earn our EMMY nomination.

Congratulations to our friend and colleague on a well-deserved promotion.


upwave™ to Debut Television Shows Inspiring Healthy Living

Hosted by Tim Ferriss, Chef Richard Blais, and Dr. Billy Goldberg
Premiering in December on HLN

ATLANTA, Ga. – upwave, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) multi-platform health and wellness entertainment brand, will debut three new series during its branded prime-time programming block on HLN, Sunday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. (ET).

The entertaining and insightful programs are intended to help close the gap between healthy intention and action, encouraging viewers to get moving and enjoy what it means to ‘live life on the up.’

Leading the Sunday evening two-hour block is “Cook Your Ass Off,” a transformational culinary contest hosted by celebrated chef Richard Blais that will change the diets and lives of everyday people with the help of nutritionist Keri Glassman. Following is the “The Tim Ferriss Experiment,” featuring the New York Times Best Selling author using his signature rapid-learning techniques to master a unique, and seemingly impossible, challenge each week, helping viewers apply his learnings to improve their own lives. The block will conclude with “THE DOSE with Dr. Billy” providing an entertaining look at daily health and wellness through the humor and insight of ER Dr. Billy Goldberg.

“We’re thrilled to welcome such exciting talent to upwave,” said Molly Battin, senior vice president and general manager of upwave. “Chef Richard, Tim and Dr. Billy each bring a unique perspective to the brand, and we look forward to sharing their fresh, compelling content with viewers this December.”

upwave program details are as follows:

7 p.m. (ET), “Cook Your Ass Off”
Produced by Jane Street Entertainment (“Chopped,” “Next Food Network Star,” “Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook Off”), each episode will introduce the health struggle of an individual and pit talented chef contestants against one another in a three-round competition to transform favorite daily indulgences into lean and delicious meals. Chef Richard will provide an insider’s view as the “Cook Your Ass Off” line-up of chefs competes, while Keri offers commentary on the culinary substitutions and coaches guests to implement changes in their daily lives. A panel of celebrity guest judges, often with personal connections to the identified health struggle, will choose one winning chef to compete in a Grand Finale for $50,000. One episode will feature Keshia Sessoms a 41-year-old mother of three currently battling breast cancer and seeking inspiration for a healthier lifestyle.

8 p.m. (ET), “The Tim Ferriss Experiment”
Here’s your chance to get inside the head of Tim Ferriss (“The 4-Hour Workweek,” “The 4-Hour Chef,” “The 4-Hour Body”), the entrepreneur best known for his rapid-learning techniques and their transformative results. “The Tim Ferriss Experiment” will follow Tim’s step-by-step preparation for seemingly impossible and thrilling feats. Tim believes nearly any skill can be mastered in one hundredth of the time people expect, and he’ll take viewers on his personal journey while sharing radically counter-intuitive solutions to take viewers from zero to hero in no time. Creating a truly interactive experience, Tim will launch a nationwide search for one deserving viewer who could receive the chance-of-a-lifetime and become part of “The Tim Ferriss Experiment.” The winner will learn how to swim alongside Tim in Hawaii, applying his techniques to overcome their fear and embrace the water in record time. To learn more or to create an entry, visit beginning Oct. 7. The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production Inc. (“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “The Mind of a Chef,” and “The Getaway” amongst others).

8:30 p.m. (ET), “THE DOSE with Dr. Billy”
Known for tackling unexpected health questions like “Why Do Men Have Nipples?,” 20-year veteran emergency medicine physician and two-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Billy Goldberg is not a typical TV doctor. He will address viewers’ health concerns on “THE DOSE with Dr. Billy,” also produced by Zero Point Zero Production Inc., using his signature light-hearted but informative style, inserting humor into expert visits and celebrity house calls. Taking viewers on health journeys from start to finish, the series’ debut episode will examine how poor sleeping habits affect overall health, including many surprises along the way – like testing a full-body sleeping bag with Academy-Award® winner Julianne Moore.

upwave launched in August with a digital-first approach, activating a YouTube channel and to connect users with health and wellness content through the lens of entertainment. In addition to’s tools for healthy living, including informational articles, recipes, videos, challenges and customizable user profiles, the site will offer bonus footage for each of the broadcast programs. Fans will be invited to for exclusive sneak peeks, extended scenes and more.