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How ‘Dr. Phil’ Executive Producer Carla Pennington Got Her Job


Carla Pennington Executive Producer

Carla Pennington is the executive producer of DR. PHIL, television’s #1 daytime talk show, and of the Emmy® Award-winning talk show THE DOCTORS. She has been the executive producer of DR. PHIL and THE DOCTORS since they premiered in fall 2002 and fall 2008, respectively. Additionally, Ms. Pennington is the executive producer of the syndicated daily entertainment news program, DAILYMAILTV, currently entering season three, and winner of the 2019 Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.

Ms. Pennington has overseen all aspects of DR. PHIL’s production, including the development of the show’s signature themes such as The Dr. Phil House, The Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge, The Dr. Phil Families, the ground-breaking series Relationship Rescue Retreat, Anatomy of a Divorce and The Brandon Intervention. Under her supervision, DR. PHIL has been honored with the PRISM Award, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Media Award and Women’s Image Network Awards, as well as 29 Emmy nominations. DR. PHIL has remained the #1 daytime talk show since its 10th season on the air.

Prior to DR. PHIL, Ms. Pennington was second in command at ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and served as co-executive producer for “Entertainment Tonight Weekend,” where she oversaw the show’s production, including the evolution of its biographical format. Ms. Pennington has also worked as a segment producer on “Hard Copy,” and was Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the national version of “PM Magazine.”

Ms. Pennington graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting Communication Arts. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her twin teenagers, Jack and Liz.

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