LOS ANGELES – June 5, 2019 – Veteran producer Erin Johnson has been named Executive Producer of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the #1 entertainment newsmagazine show for nearly four decades, it was announced today by Rich Cervini, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, CBS Television Distribution. 


Johnson has served as Co-Executive Producer of ET for the past two years where she oversaw ET’s daily production, spearheaded the show’s coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding from London, expanded the brand’s Comic-Con presence to multiple platforms and produced exclusive celebrity interviews from around the world. She has won two Daytime Emmys for her work on ET.


“Erin’s experience producing the TV show and having worked on the digital side of the business made her the obvious choice to take the reins at ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and lead the brand into its next decade,” Cervini said. “She has a passion for entertainment news and a drive to be #1 that we are confident will keep the show on top.”


Johnson first joined CBS Television Distribution in 2014 as Director of Digital Video and Programming where she turned ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s digital platform into the #1 source for online entertainment news video. In that role, she oversaw strategic syndicated partnerships with the major digital portals and created and executed ET’s social media strategies. She also contributed to the digital video efforts for CTD’s other brands, including RACHAEL RAY and INSIDE EDITION. 


After successfully revitalizing ETonline, Johnson moved over to the broadcast team in September 2015 as a Senior Producer at ET and was quickly promoted to Co-Executive Producer in 2017.


Prior to CTD, Johnson was a Creative Director/Producer working on cross-platform marketing promotional campaigns for syndicated shows such as Ellen, Live with Kelly & Michael, The Dr. Oz Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, Katie and Hot in Cleveland, as well as both the London and Sochi Olympics for NBC.  Johnson started her career as a local news producer leading live breaking news coverage in Dayton, Cincinnati, and San Diego before making her way to Los Angeles.


Johnson has a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Politics from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


About Entertainment Tonight

Entertainment Tonight is a multi-platform entertainment news brand, with a cross-screen portfolio that includes the #1 entertainment newsmagazine on television with nearly 5 million viewers daily, the 24/7 streaming network  ET Live, and a top entertainment news network online, delivering more than 150 million video views per month. averages 20 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S. per comScore, while ET’s social audience reaches more than 70 million U.S. users monthly.


About CBS Television Distribution

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 11 first-run series, including the long-running, critically acclaimed hits JUDGE JUDY, DR. PHIL, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, JEOPARDY!, INSIDE EDITION and RACHAEL RAY, and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. CTD’s popular off-network products include the “CSI,” NCIS and “Star Trek” franchises, as well as classic series such as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Frasier.” In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS Television Studios, CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of the CBS Corporation. For more information, go to


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