Jill Leiderman

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Executive Producer, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

    Jill Leiderman: Biography at a Glance

    • Worked on over 2,500 episodes and dozens of specials as executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
    • Named one of The Hollywood Reporter's "Women in Entertainment Power 100”
    • Previously worked for “Late Show With David Letterman,” VH1 and “The Jon Stewart Show”
    • Partners with the nonprofits OneKid OneWorld and Fresh Start
    • Member of Northwestern University’s national advisory council


    Jill Leiderman became Executive Producer of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in April 2006.  During her tenure, the late-night show grew exponentially to its current 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT time slot as of January 2013.  For fourteen years, Leiderman worked with Kimmel and the “JKL!” team to deliver over 2,500 episodes of late night and primetime content, both in Los Angeles and on the road (Brooklyn, Las Vegas and Austin) receiving eight Emmy® nominations.  She also worked alongside Kimmel for his multiple Emmy and Oscar hostings.

    Leiderman learned late-night comedy during her nine-year tenure as the Senior Writers’ Producer for CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.” During that time, she produced all of the show’s comedy in-studio and on location, traveling the world to over 70 cities – from the Olympics in Japan to the annual Emmy red carpet – from the World Series’ dugout to small towns with no running water for 100 miles in any direction. Leiderman’s credits also include serving as a VH1 network Development Executive/Executive Producer where she oversaw multiple projects from conception to fruition (including “John Mayer Has A TV Show”) and as Senior Researcher/Segment Producer at the original, critically acclaimed “The Jon Stewart Show” for MTV and Paramount. But her true start came on the air at the age of 12 when she co-hosted the Emmy Award-winning kids’ Saturday morning variety show “Kidding Around” for WMAQ-TV Chicago, interviewing such notables as Christopher Atkins plugging the “Blue Lagoon,” teen musical sensation Menudo and prize-winning local goats from the Lincoln Park Zoo.

    Leiderman devotes time to many charitable efforts, serving as a board member of organizations such as OneKid OneWorld, Fresh StART and Northwestern University National Advisory Council.  One of her greatest passions is mentoring students, as she has done for hundreds over the course of her career.  She also created an ALS charity initiative merging the world of entertainment and medicine which raises money for three separate non-profit organizations benefiting patients diagnosed with the terminal disease.  She is married to comedy director/writer Rob Cohen, a Canadian who enjoys maple syrup on his eggs, and serves as mother to their 5 year old son, Rocket.

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