Senior Executive Producer
One of the most respected newsmagazine producers in the country, Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey serves as senior executive producer of the Emmy®-winning newsmagazine "Extra," now in its 26th season. In her position at Telepictures Productions, Gregorisch-Dempsey works on the development of new television series, utilizing "Extra" as a lab to create and nest other original content and programming.
During her tenure, Gregorisch-Dempsey has grown "Extra" into a multi-platform brand online and on the air. Gregorisch-Dempsey has launched successful spin-off franchises, including "TBS Movie Extra" and "TBS Weekend Extra," the syndicated newsmagazine "Celebrity Justice," "Trendshopper" (a joint venture with HSN), and the Latin extension of "Extra," "Extra en Español." Gregorisch-Dempsey also co-created and executive produced "CW Now," which was profiled in The Wall Street Journal as the first news magazine to integrate advertising with content.
Under Gregorisch-Dempsey’s leadership, "Extra" entered into an exclusive partnership with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which gives "Extra" dominant access to stars there. The resort also houses the Extra Lounge and runs in-house "Extra" programming that reaches millions of hotel guests.
Gregorisch-Dempsey created and served as executive producer of "Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers," a daily, half-hour, studio-based show hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, one of America’s foremost experts on addiction, relationships and medicine. Gregorisch-Dempsey developed and incubated the series as a recurring segment on "Extra" and as half-hour specials on the weekend edition of "Extra.”
She also created and served as executive producer of the show "Crime Watch Daily," a one-hour program covering the most compelling aspects of the world of crime, mystery and intrigue.
Prior to her position with Telepictures, Gregorisch-Dempsey served as VP of News for the Fox Television Stations Group, where she was responsible for the hiring of on-air talent and news directors for 22 Fox owned-and-operated stations’ news departments, as well as the creation of original sweeps programming. Prior to Fox, she served as executive producer for the top-rated, nationally syndicated show "Hard Copy." She was also the senior executive producer for the half-hour show that chronicled celebrities and their legal woes, "Celebrity Justice."
Gregorisch-Dempsey has successfully run news operations in major markets nationwide, including New York, the most competitive market in the United States. In only 18 months, in her role as vice president and news director of WNYW-TV in New York, Gregorisch-Dempsey led the station to its best news ratings in over a decade. She has worked in seven markets throughout the United States in a variety of management positions. Highlights include serving as vice president and news director for KDAF-TV in Dallas and KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City, and as executive producer for KDFW-TV in Dallas, where she led the 10 pm news broadcast to time-period victory for the first time in several years. Gregorisch-Dempsey met similar success at KUSA-TV in Denver, where she served as managing editor and executive producer. She began her career in Miami, where she worked for seven years at WTVJ-TV as a reporter, producer, and bureau chief.