JILL LEIDERMAN, executive producer
Jill Leiderman became executive producer of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in April 2006. Over the course of her seven-year tenure, the late-night show has grown exponentially. Following the program’s move to the 11:35 p.m., ET time slot in January of 2013, “JKL” is currently the No. 1 broadcast talk show in late-night among Adults 18-34, beating the competition, and is up over its performance last year by 50% in Total Viewers, standing as the only show of its kind to improve year over year in all three Nielsen measures.
Leiderman learned late-night comedy during the nine years she produced for CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.” During that time she orchestrated all of the show’s material in studio and on location, traveling the world to over 70 cities – from the Olympics in Japan and Salt Lake City to the annual Emmys red carpet, from MLB’s World Series’ dugout to small towns with no running water for 100 miles in any direction.
Leiderman’s credits also include serving as a VH1 network development executive/executive producer, where she oversaw multiple projects from conception to fruition (including “John Mayer Has a TV Show”), and as senior researcher/segment producer at the original, critically-acclaimed “The Jon Stewart Show” for MTV & in syndication at Paramount.
But her true start came as on-air talent at the age of 12, when she co-hosted the Emmy Award-winning kids’ Saturday morning variety show, “Kidding Around,” for WMAQ-TV Chicago, interviewing such notables as Christopher Atkins -- star of the 1980’s hit “The Blue Lagoon” -- international pre-pubescent singing sensation Menudo and prize-winning local goats from the Lincoln Park Zoo.
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