Emerson Coleman, who since 1999 has served as Hearst Television’s VP/Programming, has been given a shiny new title for the New Year.
Effective immediately, Coleman is now SVP/Programming for the company, which owns and operates television stations serving 26 DMAs across the U.S.
“Emerson has been instrumental in the growth and stewardship of Hearst Television’s best-in-class programming assets,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. “From our investment in the family-friendly programming of Litton Entertainment; the launch of weekend syndicated program Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien; countless local programming initiatives; and his deep relationships with all of our syndication partners, no single person represents our company’s commitment to quality programming, community service, and collaborative partnership more than Emerson.”
Hearst acquired majority ownership of Litton Entertainment in Q1 2016; Litton is known for its weekend “family-friendly” broadcast TV programming.
For the 2017-2018 broadcast TV season Matter of Fact, which is produced by Hearst Television and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, expanded its reach to 85% coverage of the U.S.
Before moving to Hearst’s New York headquarters in 1999, Coleman was VP/Director of Broadcast Operations at Hearst flagship WBAL-11, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore.
He began his career as a writer and filmmaker, later working at WBZ-4 in Boston, and at WJZ-13 in Baltimore, where he was executive producer of local programming.