Countdown to ‘Countdown': Keith Olbermann Grabs Lou Dobbs Producer

He also re-hires a familar face: David Sarosi, who climbs aboard as executive producer

Last Updated: May 31, 2011 @ 9:34 AM

When "Countdown with Keith Olbermann"  launches on Current TV on June 20, don't be shocked if it doesn't seem all that different from Olbermann's old MSNBC show.

On Tuesday, Current TV announced that Olbermann has hired David Sarosi as the show's executive producer. Sarosi produced the MSNBC series' popular opening segment and the controversial "Worst Persons in the World" feature. He also worked with Olbermann on various breaking news stories and on election coverage.

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"Nobody knows what 'Countdown' should be more than Dave Sarosi," said Olbermann in a statement. "He's intimately familiar with every other aspect of the production and from his start with the show he has had both the vision and the view of the playing field, critical for an executive producer. I'm delighted we'll again be able to work together."

Olbermann has also signed up another former collaborator: Bob Lilly, who was the head writer at "Countdown" when it premiered on MSNBC in 2003 and also co-wrote Olbermann's short-lived "Big Show." He'll be the senior segment producer on the Current show.

Additionally, Olbermann announced that he has tapped Leslie Bella-Henry to be senior producer. She was most recently the senior producer at "Lou Dobbs Tonight."


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