Deadline are reporting that Meredith Bennett has left her position as one of the executive producers of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. According to sources, Bennett’s position, in which she oversaw the business and production aspects of production, was eliminated around the Memorial Day break.
The news follows less than two months after CBS announced that Chris Licht would be taking on the role as showrunner. Despite initial reports that Licht’s hiring would not effect Tom Purcell or Bennett’s roles as executive producers, it appears that Licht has assumed many of Bennett’s duties in his role as showrunner.
Bennett was a part of the staff who moved with Colbert to CBS from Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’, where she served as a co-executive producer. Eric Drysdale, another long time Colbert staffer, has also left his role as a writer for ‘The Late Show’, joining the writing staff at ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ (TBS) earlier this year.
Envisioning a New Home for The Late Show: The Ed Sullivan Theater Restoration
This beautiful mini-documentary reveals the process behind the restoration of the historic Ed Sullivan Theater. The Design Republic Film is directed by Robert Gregson, a New York City-based filmmaker. Design Republic took on the monumental task of restoring the theater. They are a highly experienced architectural design firm specializing in corporate workplace, retail, and media technology design. Design Republic was honored to work with CBS and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on this breathtaking restoration, which revealed and renewed the otherwise lost grandeur of this neo-gothic Broadway theater’s design. The film features interviews with Design Republic architects Neil Tucker and Ojay Obinani, Executive Producer of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Meredith Bennett, and Stephen Colbert.
CBS announced today the award-winning writing and producing team joining host, executive producer and writer Stephen Colbert for his new late night series, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT.
Colbert brings with him many members of his Emmy and Peabody Award-winning team from “The Colbert Report.” Tom Purcell, who served as executive producer and writer, will continue in the same role for THE LATE SHOW. In addition, Meredith Bennett will serve as executive producer, expanding her previous role as co-executive producer.
Emily Lazar and Barry Julien, both from “The Colbert Report,” have been named co-executive producers. Additionally, Julien will retain his duties as a writer and Lazar will head the talent department. Head writer Opus Moreschi (“The Colbert Report”) adds supervising producer to his title and will work alongside Jay Katsir (“The Colbert Report”), who has been promoted to head writer. Also from “The Colbert Report,” Matt Lappin and Paul Dinello join the production as supervising producers/writers. THE LATE SHOW will be directed by Jim Hoskinson (“The Colbert Report”). Tanya Bracco (“The Colbert Report”) will serve as supervising producer and executive-in-charge.
New to Colbert’s team is Emily Gertler (“Good Morning America”), who joins THE LATE SHOW as senior entertainment producer. Sheryl Zelikson will be the music producer, joining THE LATE SHOW after holding the same title for the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
When Stephen made a reference to the fact that he only has one female writer, as he accepted his Emmy in August, for “Outstanding Variety Show”, he then apologized, “for some reason”. What I thought he was trying to say when he said that was actually more the opposite. I don’t think he should have to apologize at all. He has done nothing wrong. However, many people in the media seem to disagree judging by the number of recent articles commenting on that one line in his Emmy acceptance speech. So we here at the Hub have delved into this issue, analyzed it and here are the results. The opinions expressed in this piece are mine and not necessarily representative of Colbert News Hub as a whole.
Earlier this month ‘The Colbert Reports’ co-executive producer Meredith Bennett and head writer Opus Moreschi traveled to Norway to participate in ‘Rapport fra The Colbert Report’, moderated by Anders Giæver at the Nordic Media Festival, where they spoke about “how they create the satire which has become a political power factor in American society, what the DNA of the show is, and why the basic strategy of ‘The Colbert Report’ is always: ‘Make sure the money goes into the funny'”.