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Better Early Than Never
CBS producer Steve Friedman on revamping the net's mornings

There probably isn't anyone on Earth who has produced more hours of morning television than Steve Friedman. In two stints and 10 years of producing NBC's Today, he worked with Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. He devised the show's street-level studio in Rockefeller Plaza, which has become a major Manhattan attraction. He led CBS' effort to become a serious player in morning TV when he launched The Early Show with Gumbel and Jane Clayson in 1999. The show has never challenged Today or ABC's Good Morning America in the ratings, but it has become a significant profit center for CBS News. Friedman followed pal Gumbel out of CBS in 2002, but the network's current news president Sean McManus has brought him back — as vice president in charge of morning broadcasts — in the hopes that Friedman can take The Early Show to the next level. The Biz talked with him about howread more

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Year Title Description
2006 Birth Day: Jane's Story: Premature Birth Episode, Appearing
2002 The Rosie O'Donnell Show: Episode Episode, Guest
2001 Becker: Hanging with Jake
Season 4, Episode 7
Episode, Actor - Herself
2001 The Rosie O'Donnell Show: Episode Episode, Guest
1999 The Early Show TV Show Series, Anchor

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