Sony Pictures Television Announces Senior Producing Team for The Queen Latifah Show

Sony Pictures Television Announces Senior Producing Team for The Queen Latifah

New Daytime Talk Series from SPT, Flavor Unit and Overbrook Entertainment
Staffs Up With Diverse Team of Top Producers From Late Night, Daytime, News
and Reality Television

PR Newswire

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 1, 2013

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Television
announced today the senior staffing of its new daytime talk series The Queen
Latifah Show, with a mix of top writers, producers and filmmakers from a
wide-range of backgrounds including daytime, late night, news, comedy and
reality television.


Joining The Queen Latifah Show'sfive-time Emmy-winning,Executive Producer
and show runner, Corin Nelson (Chelsea Lately, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The
Nate Berkus Show) will be Co-Executive Producer Todd Yasui (The Tonight Show,
The Late, Late Show With Craig Kilborn, ROVE LA) and Supervising Producers
Jack Mori (The Oprah Winfrey Show), Catherine McKenzie (Good Morning America),
David Harte (The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson) and Sierra Lindsey (MTV,
Obama Campaign).

"These producers bring tremendous experience, diversity of background and some
of the most creative minds in this business to our show," said Holly Jacobs,
Executive Vice President, Syndication and Reality Programming, Sony Pictures
Television. "This dream team, combined with the multi-talented Queen Latifah
and powerhouse producing partners Flavor Unit and Overbrook Entertainment,
position us for an incredibly strong launch and a long, healthy run."

Co-Executive Producer Todd Yasui most recently executive produced the
Australian prime-time talk show ROVE LA. He was Executive Producer of The
Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, where he spent five years as show runner
of the World Wide Pants-owned show. After Kilborn's departure, Yasui helped
re-start the program with new host Craig Ferguson before being recruited by
Fox to start up a late night division at the network where he served as Senior
Vice President of Late Night Programming for five years. He has been
executive producer of several comedy, late night and variety shows for Oxygen,
ABC and Fox, and spent five years as a talent booker and Segment Producer at
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Yasui began his career in journalism at The
Washington Post, starting as an assistant to Pulitzer Prize-winning TV Critic
Tom Shales, rising to Assistant Editor of Arts and Entertainment.

Supervising Producer Jack Mori was a Senior Producer forTheOprah Winfrey
Show, where he spent over 15 years producing shows featuring everythingfrom
A-list celebrities and newsmakers, to large-scale remote events such as"Oprah
and Gayle's BigAdventure," musical performances, reunions andcompelling
emotional stories.  Mori was also responsible forbringing in Dr. Mehmet Oz
and developing his franchise onThe Oprah WinfreyShow. Mori most recently
worked for Nigel Lythgoe Productions,developing shows for Network and Cable.

Supervising Producer Catherine McKenzie was most recently senior broadcast
producer at ABC News'Good Afternoon Americaand a senior producer forGood
Morning America, since 2009, where she was responsible for leading teams to
create a daily, two-hour broadcast. She was senior producer of special
projects and live events for WABC-TV/ New York where she produced segments on
the New York City Marathon, the Super Bowl, the Oscars, the Bush and Obama
presidential inaugurations and 9/11 coverage, for which she won a Peabody
Award. McKenzie began her career as a producer in local news, with
Emmy-winning stints at WITI-TV in Milwaukee and WFRV-TV in Green Bay, WI.

Supervising Producer David Harte most recently held that same position at
Attack of the Show, G4's live, daily,comedy/variety series. Prior to that, he
held a variety of writer and producer positions for shows includingLopez
TonightonTBS,Last Call With Carson Dalyon NBC andThe Late Late Show With
Craig Fergusonon CBS.

Supervising Producer Sierra Lindsey was most recently producer lead for
President Obama's campaign, responsible for producing and directing the
President for his campaign videos and Obamacare health care videos. She
conducted interviews and direct-to-camera tapings with the President, covering
topics including Jay-Z, the President's faith, his love for Iowa, and Michelle
Obama as a mother. She also produced the President's "48 Hour Forward Tour"
tumblr vlog. Prior to that, Lindsey produced for a variety of MTV shows
includingMTV's True Life series, It's On with Alexa Chung, Unplugged
featuring Adele and Silversun Pickups, Video Music AwardsandMTV NEWS(2008
Election Coverage).

The Queen Latifah Show, a multi-topic, daytime entertainment talk show
launches in September 2013. Hosted by multi-talented entertainer Queen
Latifah, the show is produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony
Pictures Television. The Queen Latifah Show is cleared on major station groups
around the country, including the CBS Television Stations.

Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony
Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading
content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre,
around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the
industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows
and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate
that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network
series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas,
comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production
companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 32
countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel
feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households
worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium
video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row
and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net,
premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media
sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier
national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in
SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including
FEARnet, and PlayStation.

Flavor Unit Entertainment is a production company owned and operated by Queen
Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere. Flavor Unit Entertainment, which
started in New Jersey and is now based in Miami, is quickly establishing
itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry.
They began by executive producing Disney's box office # 1 hit Bringing Down
the House and then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM and The Perfect Holiday
for Paramount. They have also produced The Cookout with Lion's Gate, as well
as the film Just Wright with Fox Searchlight. On the small screen, they
executive produced HBO's critically acclaimed film Life Support which garnered
a number of awards including an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe win for Queen
Latifah . Flavor Unit Entertainment made a multi-year deal with BET to create
new original programming including the original movie The Cookout 2 and its
first-ever scripted romantic comedy titled Let's Stay Together which premiered
with 4.4 million viewers. In 2011, Flavor Unit Entertainment's original film
Single Ladies, was expanded into VH1's first hour-long scripted series with
approximately 3 million viewers throughout its two season run. Flavor Unit
produced Latifah's film Joyful Noise.Most recently, Flavor Unit produced
Lifetime's Original Movie, Steel Magnolias which stars Queen Latifah, Phylicia
Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard. The movie premiered in October 2012 as
the third most-watched telecast ever on the network, averaging 6.5 million
total viewers. Currently, Flavor Unit Entertainment is producing the CW show
The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep. The show is a new take on the music
competition genre and includes superstar mentors Gloria Estefan, John Rich,
Nelly and Joe Jonas. Flavor Unit is also currently producing the thriller,
House of Bodies, which Latifah will be starring in alongside Terrence Howard
and Peter Fonda. 

Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter, Will Smith and
run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to offering the
highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and has produced
a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films,
which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office
receipts and even more in home video sales. Some of Overbrook's most
successful films include Ali, Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend,
Hancock, Secret Lives of Bees, and most recently, The Karate Kid. Overbrook's
next feature project is After Earth, which is set for a June 7^th, 2013

SOURCE Sony Pictures Television

Contact: Marianne Romano, Sony Pictures Television, +1-310-244-6467,
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