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Monday, February 11, 2013

Exec. Producer Announced for Jake Tapper's 4PM Program

Federico Quadrani to Executive Produce Jake Tapper’s New CNN Program

The 4 p.m. program anchored by Tapper to launch in March

                Federico Quadrani will join CNN as the executive producer of the network’s new Washington program anchored by Jake Tapper, it was announced today by Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. Quadrani, who joins CNN from MSNBC later this month, will work on the development of the new 4 p.m. program set to debut this March.
“Federico’s talent for story development and live production will be a perfect fit for Jake’s new program,” said Feist. “Federico’s track record with both network news programs and Washington-based cable news programs make him a terrific addition to CNN as we enter into an exciting time for the network.”
“I’m thrilled to have Federico join me in leading our new team,” said Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. “In recent years he’s produced incisive political coverage, but his diverse news background is equally important. From his Peabody award-winning live coverage of 9/11 in the ABC News control room through his days producing textured taped pieces and remarkable live shots at NBC’s Today, Federico has built a reputation for finding great American stories and creating compelling content. His voice will help us build the informative, engaging and provocative program we want this to be.”
In 2009, Quadrani joined MSNBC, where he served as executive producer of weekend programming—responsible for breaking news and weekend content. Later he served as executive producer of The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd. Currently, Quadrani is the executive producer of Jansing & Company.
Prior to MSNBC, Quadrani worked as an Emmy-winning producer for NBC’s Today show from 2003 to 2009, in various roles from senior graphics producer to supervising producer. He created and supervised all aspects of various news segments such as: Today at the Vatican and Where in the World is Matt Lauer?  Prior to NBC, Quadrani worked as a writer at ABC’s Good Morning America from 1998 to 2003. His work contributed to the program’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition, during his ABC tenure, he worked on Early Morning News and World News Now. Quadrani started his career in 1997 as a writer for WNBC-TV in New York.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wesleyan University and was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute. Quadrani was raised in New York City and Rome, Italy, and is fluent in Italian.  
Tapper recently joined CNN in January; his one-hour weekday program will debut in the network’s 4 p.m. hour in March. The program title and format details will follow in the coming days.

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Anonymous said...

Very much looking forward to this program! Hopefully it will be fairly promoted unlike Early Start and Starting Point were. 4:00PM is a great hour for his show. I think Kate Bolduan should get the 5:00PM hour and have Wolf Blitzer anchor two hours from 6:00PM through 8:00PM.

Anonymous said...

It premiers next month? CNN better get to advertising it ASAP.

By the way, any word on CNN's State of the Union coverage?

Anonymous said...

CNN is running a promo saying that the show will be called The Lead. The claim is that it will be the big story of the day. It could be sports, culture, whatever. The Lead has it covered. Sounds interesting but does CNN really mean it.