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Hearst acquires Jack Hanna library

Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), a producer and distributor of educational and informational content, has acquired the library of TV series hosted by legendary wildlife ambassador Jack Hanna from Into The Wild. HMPG has been the long-time distributor of the Hanna franchise. In addition to its current ownership of Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, HMPG has […]

December 19, 2023

Hearst, Tiffany Haddish sign development deal

Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) and actress, comedian and author Tiffany Haddish have entered into a development deal to produce two unscripted series. The collaboration with Haddish, who will serve as Executive Producer on the projects, is part of HMPG’s growing slate of development initiatives within its entertainment unit.   The first original series is […]

June 7, 2023

HMPG makes executive appointments

Erin Finnegan and Ken Baldwin have joined Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) as creative services director and research director, respectively.  Both are new positions and are located at the company’s East Coast headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Finnegan moved to HMPG from WDSU-TV, the New Orleans NBC affiliate owned by HMPG parent Hearst Television, where […]

May 9, 2023

Austin joins Hearst Media Production Group

Gail Austin has joined Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) as senior producer on the HMPG weekly show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.  She reports to Rita Aleman, the show’s executive producer. Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien is America’s #1 nationally syndicated public affairs news magazine, averaging more than 1.1 million weekly viewers season-to-date […]

May 2, 2023

Hearst TV promotes Ling

Laura Ling, an award-winning journalist and veteran of local and network television news and documentary production, who since 2021 has served as Hearst Television’s director of programming for its streaming video services group, has been promoted to vice president of Very Local, a division of Hearst Television, overseeing programming for the rapidly growing streaming unit. […]

February 1, 2023

Hearst Television’s Very Local joins VIZIO

Hearst Television has announced that its free streaming service, Very Local, is now available on VIZIO. With Very Local, VIZIO audiences have access to around-the-clock local news in Hearst Television markets throughout the US. Viewers can also stream Very Local original series that encompass food, travel, adventure, dating and true crime – all with an […]

November 1, 2022

Hearst, NBC bring Harlem Globetrotters back to TV

The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to US broadcast network television in an exclusive partnership with Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), on the premiere of Harlem Globetrotters: Play it Forward. The 30-minute weekly series, debuting October 1st on NBC’s The More You Know programming block, marks a return of the Harlem Globetrotters in a weekly television […]

September 14, 2022

Thrasher joins Hearst Media Production Group

Maria Thrasher, a media sales and marketing veteran with deep sales and brand development experience in television, radio and the start-up sector, has joined Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) as a business partnerships and development executive.  She reports to Amy DeGregorio, HMPG senior vice president, managing director of sales for educational/informational (E/I) programming. Prior to […]

August 15, 2022

Plex adds Hearst TV’s Very Local

Very Local, the free streaming service from Hearst Television featuring local news, weather and originals, has been added to the content offerings on Plex, the global streaming media platform for popular free movies, TV, and entertainment. The Plex addition is the latest in a number of distribution agreements secured by Very Local, which is available […]

June 7, 2022

Hearst Media names Mathies VP development

Jessica Mathies has been named vice president, development, at Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG). She previously served as an executive producer, initiating, developing, and producing special projects, for HMPG parent Hearst Television. Mathies brings extensive national production experience to HMPG’s recently launched entertainment unit and will focus on unscripted program development for television stations, broadcast […]

April 21, 2022