Hilary Estey McLoughlin
President, Telepictures Productions
Hilary Estey McLoughlin is the president of Telepictures Productions, a position she has held since August 2006. In this role, she oversees development, production, programming, promotion and marketing for the company that she has helped build and maintain as one of the industry’s top producers of first-run syndicated programming.
Telepictures is an Emmy Award-winning producer having garnered 69 Emmys in 15 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 13 of the last 15 years. “Ellen” won the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment in 2010 and 2011.
In fall 2011, Telepictures added two more series to its roster and launched “Anderson” and “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers.” Anderson Cooper brings his experience as an award-winning journalist and storyteller, passionate voice and personal perspective to “Anderson,” the nationally syndicated daily, one-hour daytime talk show that premiered September 12, 2011. Cooper addresses water cooler topics and interviews the real people, populist newsmakers and celebrities behind these stories. From undercover investigations to hidden camera experiments, the show gives the audience new perspective in an effort to gain insight into relevant issues and social trends affecting women's lives.
“Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers” is a daily, half-hour, studio-based show hosted by one of America’s foremost experts on addiction, relationships and medicine, Dr. Drew Pinsky and airs on The CW Network from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Each episode includes a compelling personal story about someone in need of help, from love and relationships to a wide range of addictions to health. Dr. Drew calls upon his rolodex of top-notch experts to help solve the problem and put the person on the path to a “life change.” Telepictures has continued to grow and to serve its audience, expanding its business into new platforms with authentic brand extensions and revenue generating initiatives. Estey McLoughlin’s Telepictures and Ellen DeGeneres are partners in a new venture, elevenelevenrecords, which discovers new acts and platforms them on the talk show. The record label’s first release was with 12-year-old Internet singing sensation, Greyson Chance, whom DeGeneres discovered on YouTube singing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” In addition, Telepictures has demonstrated social media innovation across its programming. Also encompassing a three-screen platform, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has garnered more than 5 million Facebook fans, more than 6.5 million Twitter followers, and has become one of the most viewed channels on YouTube.
Following the success of The Ellen App, which features in-show material and exclusive iPhone – shot video by DeGeneres, “Ellen” became the first leader in daytime talk to launch an official game app, Ellen’s Know or Go, for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch this past April. In May 2011, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" announced that it would be expanding its existing partnership with AOL by launching a version of the AOL.com homepage targeted to fans of the show. This expansion involves “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on AOL's customized home page, where AOL users can enjoy exclusive ”Ellen” features and videos as well as video and behind-the-scenes content to the "Daily Buzz" column. Telepictures also produced four primetime variety specials with Ellen DeGeneres for TBS; the fourth special, “Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special,” taped at the Chicago Theatre in June 2010.
Telepictures is the first media company to have a cross media success with TMZ, which has been the first to establish itself as a phenomenally successful three-screen brand. TMZ is the most cited entertainment news sources in the world and is utilized by thousands of global newsgathering organizations with its 24/7 coverage. Further growing its brand, TMZ has extended the brand to a fourth platform to allow audiences an additional way to interact with the franchise with “The TMZ Hollywood Tour – Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots,” a tour of celebrity hot spots in and around Hollywood, on a special custom-designed bus in partnership with Starline Tours. TMZ has also expanded its range in the world of radio this spring, launching "TMZ Live," TMZ.com's daily one-hour entertainment news program on SiriusXM, and debuting “TMZ Radio,” a new national weekday vignette for entertainment radio stations, in partnership with Premiere Networks.
Telepictures Productions also synergistically teamed up with Time Inc.'s Essence Communications and launched Essence.com as the ultimate online destination for African-American women and an incubator for potential television series and original digital programming.
A Warner Bros. veteran of 25 years, Estey McLoughlin was instrumental in developing and launching such series as “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Queen Latifah,” “Jenny Jones,” “Street Smarts,” “Change of Heart,” HBO’s “Taxicab Confessions” and “The Tyra Show.”
Before being named to her current position, Estey McLoughlin had most recently served as EVP and GM of Telepictures Productions, since July 2002, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the division. Before that, she served three years as SVP of programming and development, where she was responsible for expanding the company’s development and production activities in New York, Estey McLoughlin also served as VP of programming, Telepictures Productions, following 18 months as an Executive Producer of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” where she worked alongside Rosie O’Donnell, winning the 1998 and 1999 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show.
Preceding her move to executive producer, Estey McLoughlin was VP of development for Telepictures Productions, where she was integral in the development, launch and day-to-day production of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show" while supervising the company’s other on-air series and program development for first-run syndication, cable and network daytime programming.
In 1984, Estey McLoughlin began her career as a research analyst for Seltel, Inc. She joined the Lorimar-Telepictures research department in 1986, holding various titles including senior research analyst, manager and director of research. She was named director of development at Telepictures Productions in 1989 and was promoted to VP of development in 1992.
Estey McLoughlin’s Telepictures began a partnership with William McKinley Elementary School in Burbank in September 2010, working closely with the school on a number of projects, including fulfilling teachers’ wish lists for classroom supplies and mentoring students in an ongoing reading program. The mentorship program that Telepictures has established with McKinley Elementary has provided a remarkable opportunity for Telepictures, as a company, to make an impact on students’ education and lives.