NBCUniversal-owned E! Entertainment is expanding its weekly offering of news programs by 15 hours each week, adding three more hours every weekday starting in early 2020, the network said Monday.
The expansion will build on the network’s existing news franchises, including E! News, Daily Pop and Nightly Pop, as well as introduce a variety of new formats and personalities across the three additional daytime hours.
To facilitate this expansion, Tammy Filler is moving to the network from NBC’s Today to serve as executive vice president and editor-in-chief of E! News, overseeing development and production for all of the network’s news programming across all of its platforms.
John Najarian, executive vice president and publisher of E! News and digital, also was given oversight of NBCUniversal Digital Lab as general manager.
“Entertainment news is at the core of the E! brand and our unparalleled, multi-platform coverage sets us apart from other networks,” said Adam Stotsky, president, E! in a statement. Both Filler and Najarian report to Stotsky, and Najarian now co-reports to Maggie McLean Suniewick, president, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises at the NBCUniversal Digital Lab. “Tammy and John are the right leadership team as we expand our footprint and double down on our news programming.”
Prior to joining E!, Filler spent 16 years at Today, rising to the position of executive producer of the show’s fourth hour starring Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Previously, she was senior producer for Today and served as co-executive producer for both the third and fourth hours.
Before working at Today, Filler held production roles at Banyan Productions and Oxygen Media. She began her career as a booking assistant and segment producer at ABC News’ Good Morning America.
Najarian will work closely with Filler as he oversees E! News’ overall business and product expansion efforts and operations, and digital strategy for the broader E! Network.
In addition, Najarian will serve as general manager of NBCUniversal Digital Lab, which has developed series across multiple networks, including What The Fashion and Face Forward for E!’s Snapchat channel, Premier League: Extra Time for NBC Sports, Diego Magic for Telemundo and Geekly for Syfy.