CNN Keeping Cooper; TNT Keeping Sedgwick


Turner Broadcasting System rewarded two of its top-level talent with contract extensions.

Anderson Cooper inked a new multiyear deal with CNN, netting the newsman a significant raise and allowing him to continue to deliver segments for CBS’ venerable 60 Minutes, according to sources at the No. 2 cable news network.

"Anderson Cooper is an exceptional journalist, and his dedication in going after important stories wherever they occur makes him a natural fit for CNN,” CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to more of his groundbreaking work in the years to come."

MCN sister publication Broadcasting & Cable first reported news of Cooper's contract on Friday.

Meanwhile, Kyra Sedgwick, who earned a Golden Globe Award for best actress in a drama for her starring turn in The Closer, added another year to her six-year pact with TNT for the series.

Sedgwick, according to sources at the drama network, has a producer’s title to her role as Brenda Johnson, a transplanted Atlantan and former CIA-trained interrogator now serving as deputy chief of the LAPD’s Priority Homicide Squad.

The second season of The Closer was the top-ranked original series in basic cable in 2006.

TNT executives declined to comment on Sedgwick’s contract extension.