Jamie Granet-Bederman Elevated to ‘Tonight Show’ Showrunner
Jamie Granet-Bederman, a longtime producer of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” who has worked with the host for more than a decade, will take over showrunner duties for the venerable NBC late-night program, the latest change to the program’s top echelon of executives.
Gavin Purcell, who has been leading the program on an interim basis since late last year, will return to working on a development deal that he has at Universal Television.
In picking Granet-Bederman, Fallon and “Tonight” are choosing to stay with a show insider, after meeting with challenges when outside producers have come in to lead efforts. NBC in November parted ways with Jim Bell, an NBC News and NBC Sports veteran, who was named to lead the program as it met with ratings challenges against CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Another “Tonight” executive producer, Josh Lieb, a former Comedy Central producer, left “Tonight” in 2016 after helping to launch Fallon’s tenure on the show.
Most of TV’s late-night programs remain under the oversight of a stable core of top producers. Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” has been under the oversight of executive Chris Licht since 2016, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” recently named a new executive producer after staying under the aegis of Jill Leiderman for nearly 15 years.
Granet-Bederman has worked with Fallon since the two began on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” She previously focused on booking and has gradually expanded her duties.
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