- Warner Bros. Unscripted Television Debuts Official Show Key Art Featuring the Recent EGOT Winner
- Daytime EMMY-Winning Team Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner Set as Executive Producers and Showrunners
- Corey Palent to also Serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner
- Additional Executive Producers Include Jennifer Hudson, Lisa Kasteler Calio, Graehme Morphy and Walter Williams III with Shani Black Serving as Co-Executive Producer
- Warner Bros. Unscripted Television Inks Overall Deals with Both Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner
Burbank, CA (June 16, 2022) – Premiering on September 12, “The Jennifer Hudson Show” has been fully cleared in over 95% of the U.S. by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The series will air on Fox Television Stations, Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, TEGNA, Nexstar Media Group, Scripps Media, and Gray Media Group, among other station groups.
Hosted by recent EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson, the new talk series has set the Daytime Emmy-winning team of Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Corey Palent (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) as executive producers and showrunners. Jennifer Hudson, Lisa Kasteler Calio, Graehme Morphy and Walter Williams III will also executive produce, while Shani Black (“Red Table Talk,” “Dr. Phil”) will serve as co-executive producer.
Additionally, Connelly and Lassner have each inked an overall deal with Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and will develop, create, and produce other unscripted series for the studio.
“I’ve worked with Mary, Andy and Corey across multiple shows for the past nine years, and I’m thrilled that we’re able to keep them in the family because they are truly the best in the business,” said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. “With Jennifer’s incredible talents, and the addition of Lisa, Graehme, Walter and Shani to the producing team, I know this show is going to be fantastic and I’m excited for what’s to come.”
“The Jennifer Hudson Show” is produced in Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. https://jenniferhudsonshow.com
About Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner
Since its inception in 2003, both Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner served as executive producers on the hit daytime talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” with Lassner having been promoted in 2005. The series earned them 22 Daytime Emmy® Awards, four Genesis Awards, one GLAAD Award, two Producers Guild of America Awards, and four People’s Choice Awards. Under their leadership, working alongside host Ellen DeGeneres for 19 seasons, the show became a destination for laughter, generosity, and fun. They helped oversee Ellen Digital, which encompasses ventures such as ellentube, ELLEN’s powerful social media reach of over 300 million fans and the innovative mobile app “Heads Up!.” Additionally, both served as executive producer for numerous unscripted series on NBC, including “Family Game Fight,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” and “Little Big Shots,” as well as producing Ellen DeGeneres at the 86th Academy Awards and ABC’s “Repeat After Me.”
Connelly’s other credits include “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Mad About You,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Lassner’s other credits include “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The Jane Whitney Show,” “The Carnie Wilson Show,” VH1’s “The List,” and “The Test.” He also served as Senior Vice President at King World Productions, overseeing the launch of the game show “Hollywood Squares.”
About Corey Palent
Corey Palent is an eight-time Daytime Emmy Award-winner for his work as a producer on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Starting at the show in its premiere season in 2003, Corey grew from being the Talent Assistant to Executive Producer and Senior Talent Executive. In October 2019, Corey was promoted to Executive Producer of Ellen Digital, overseeing the development and production of Ellen’s original digital content, including the Emmy-nominated series “Momsplaining with Kristen Bell,” “Fearless with Ashley Graham,” and “Fempire with Ayesha Curry.”
About Jennifer Hudson
A two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress, and Tony and Emmy Award-winning producer, Jennifer Hudson is the youngest female EGOT winner in history. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim. Hudson most recently cemented her historic status by earning a Tony Award as co-producer on this year’s Best Musical, “A Strange Loop.” This followed her electrifying turn as Aretha Franklin in the critically acclaimed biopic “Respect,” a role for which she was handpicked by Franklin and garnered her a Screen Actors Guild nomination. She was named “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards and recently earned Grammy and Golden Globe nominations for the film’s original song, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which she co-wrote alongside Jamie Hartman and the legendary Carole King. Hudson has been named one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World,” starred in countless film and television projects, released chart-topping albums, made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning production of “The Color Purple,” and has been a celebrated coach on both the U.S. and UK versions of the Emmy Award-winning juggernaut “The Voice.” She also penned a New York Times best-selling memoir that inspired millions, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sang at the Super Bowl, and has been invited to perform for countless world leaders, including multiple presidents, royalty, and the Pope. Hudson even has her own day named after her in the city of Chicago. In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, and an NAACP Image Award. In 2009 along with her sister Julia, Hudson founded The Julian D. King Gift Foundation as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education, and welfare. The Foundation exists to provide stability, support, and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds.
About Shani Black
Shani Black was most recently Head of Programming and Development for digital studio Kin Community where she created and executive produced celebrity-driven content for diverse women. Before joining Kin, she was supervising producer on “Red Table Talk.” Her producing credits also include CBS’ “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” HGTV’s “House Hunters,” Netflix’s “Diagnosis” and OWN’s “The Book of John Gray,” among others.
About Warner Bros. Unscripted Television
Warner Bros. Unscripted Television is the leading unscripted studio in America, currently producing over 50 series and documentaries, totaling nearly 2,000 hours of programming annually across broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, first-run syndication and podcasts. Led by studio president Mike Darnell, the division is comprised of Warner Horizon, Shed Media and Telepictures and produces leading and award-winning series and franchises such as “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “The Voice,” “Extra,” “Paris in Love,” “True Story with Ed & Randall,” “Finding Magic Mike,” “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “911 Crisis Center,” and “The Bradshaw Bunch,” as well as “Friends: The Reunion” and “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” among others. Upcoming projects include “The Wheel,” “101 Places to Party Before You Die,” “Who Do You Think You Are?,” and “The Jennifer Hudson Show.”
About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution is one of the leading distributors of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace, distributing first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and theatrical motion pictures to local broadcast television stations, as well as to pay, cable, satellite and broadcast networks, and subscription video-on-demand platforms throughout the U.S.
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