September has been an eventful month for Eric Swanson. The 33-year-old manager of production at King World Productions was promoted to director of programming development just a few days before the talk show he helped put together, "Roseanne," made its debut.
"Roseanne" was one of the most highly sought-after syndicated shows in years, and Swanson assembled the team producing the show.
"We couldn't be happier with how the show's going," he said. "It's really a wonderful hour of TV. It sounds like I'm writing a press release for the show, but I really do feel that way."
King World distributes such hits as "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," while also producing such shows as "Inside Edition." In his new position, Swanson will develop new programming for both syndication and cable.
Swanson is a transplanted Chicago native whose father Dennis Swanson developed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at Chicago TV station WLS, and is now general manager of WNBC. "I've been mentored by one of the best minds in the TV business my dad," Swanson said.
He served an internship at King World while attending USC, and after graduation moved to New York to pursue a career as an actor/playwright.
Soon after recognizing the lack of stability in such a career, he began working as a production assistant at IMG/TWI, a producer of sports programming. Working his way up to director of program development, Swanson developed the shows "Thanks for the Memories" and "Finish Line" for ESPN.
When he heard about a job opening last year with King World, he remembered his favorable impression of the company during his college internship.
"I want to feel good when I go to bed at night and when I wake up in the morning," Swanson said. "Working at King World allows me to do that."
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