Wright Moment for TCM, Digital Content


When it comes to TV content, Michael Wright is now thinking classics, too.

Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, named Wright senior vice president of the newly organized and renamed Content Creation Group Tuesday.

In his new role, Wright will continue to have responsibilities for all original programming for TNT and TBS, but he now has oversight for all original fare on Turner Classic Movies, plus the content for all three networks’ digital extensions.

For TCM, Wright’s duties will include supervising the network’s award-winning original documentaries and specials, as well as pushing it into the production of original series tied to its classic-movie pedigree.

Day-to-day operation of the TCM original-programming team will continue to be handled by VP of program production Tom Brown, who now reports to Wright.

Digitally, Wright -- who is based in Los Angeles -- will focus his attention on such properties as sponsored microseries and Web series that complement TNT’s, TBS’ and TCM’s linear programming lineups.

“Through his abundant creativity and his talent for forming valuable partnerships with top names in the industry, Michael has become the driving force behind TBS’ and TNT’s success when it comes to original programming,” Koonin said in a prepared statement.

“I am confident that his added responsibilities for Turner Classic Movies and programming for our digital extensions as head of the Content Creation Group will continue to result in top-rated, award-winning projects that deliver on the brand promises of each network,” he added.