NBC news has tapped Noah Oppenheim to take over as the new producer of The Today Show. He replaces Jamie Horowitz who was ousted from the position at the end of last year.
Oppenheim is a writer and television producer who has worked on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews, ” and served as senior producer on the “Today” show between 2005 and 2008. He is also credited with co-writing two movie screenplays: one for last year’s “The Maze Runner” as well as “Allegiant Part 1” due out in 2016.
Now he will oversee all aspects of the TODAY brand and be responsible for all platforms of TODAY, including broadcast and digital. His mission will be to guide the editorial content, drive growth and integration, and identify strategic opportunities.
Oppenheim has his work cut out for him since the Today Show has fallen to number two in the ratings after being America’s number one morning show for decades.
NBC president Deborah Turness made the announcement in a memo which she sent out to the network’s employees. In it she sang Oppenheim’s praises. But the same was done for Horowitz when he got the job.
Turness said, “As many of you know, Noah brings both an insider’s and outsider’s perspective to the role, and his breadth of experience spans both hard news and entertainment. He was an Emmy-winning senior producer of TODAY from 2005 to 2008, overseeing the 7:00 am hour. He spent eight years at NBC – including as executive producer of MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, senior producer of Hardball with Chris Matthews, and he contributed to our coverage of two presidential elections and major international news stories. He has spent the last six years in the entertainment industry, most recently as a screenwriter, and prior to that as Head of Unscripted and Digital at Reveille, where he created and executive produced a number of breakthrough broadcast and digital programs. He’s also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Intellectual Devotional.”