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'Arsenio Hall Show' taps former collaborators, 'Tavis Smiley' vets for production team

Date July 15, 2013

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "The Arsenio Hall Show" announced its production team on Monday, revealing a roster that draws heavily on former collaborators on the original "The Arsenio Hall" and alumnae from PBS's "Tavis Smiley."

Claudia Cagan, a talent executive on the original "The Arsenio Hall Show," will serve as senior talent producer for the upcoming syndicated show. Former "Arsenio Hall Show" senior talent coordinator Makiko Ushiyama is coming back aboard as producer for Hall's latest TV endeavor.

Cagan and Ushiyama most recently worked at E! News and "Access Hollywood," respectively.

Renee Henson, who had been working for BET's "Don't Sleep Hosted by TJ Holmes," and Luke Sader, recently of "Tavis Smiley," have also signed on as talent producers. "The Arsenio Hall Show" has also signed on Christopher McDonald, former senior producer for "Tavis Smiley," as music producer from the show.

Holly Crosby, who's coming off a six-season run as a producer for "Tavis Smiley," and Stephanie Storey, previously a senior producer for "Tavis Smiley," have signed on as coordinating producers for Hall's new show.

"The Arsenio Hall Show" executive producer Neal Kendall had previously served as an executive producer and writer on - wait for it - "Tavis Smiley."

"The advantage of launching a new show with a production team that we have history with can't be underestimated," Hall said of his newly announced crew's common ground. "We can begin with the shorthand that it typically takes one or two seasons to find, giving us a real edge as we move forward."

"The Arsenio Hall Show" is scheduled to premiere as a daily one-hour, nationally syndicated late-night talk show on September 9.

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