Executive Producer, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Executive VP of Special Programming, CBS Corporation
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Chris Licht serves as Executive Producer and showrunner for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He joined The Late Show in May 2016 after five years at CBS News, most recently as vice president of programming for CBS News and executive producer of CBS’s… Read more
- I Almost Died So You Don't Have To: Letting Go of the Things That Hold us Back
In this gripping presentation, Chris Licht recounts how in the blink of an eye he went from being on top of the world to fighting for his life. In this unique and funny tale, he weaves in some of the biggest names in media and politics and shares the lessons he learned from his experience, such as the importance of "de-cluttering" your brain and refocusing on how to engage with what you really love— including work. Finally, Licht shows audiences how his transformation made him a better producer and leader and gave him the confidence to leave NBC after 16 years in order to launch the critically acclaimed new CBS This Morning.
- After the "Event:" You're Different, But Still You
For high-profile TV producer Chris Licht, the worst thing about suffering a brain hemorrhage was not the fact that he could have died—it was that everyone knew what had happened to him. Barely 24 hours after he was rushed to the emergency room, his "event" was the first thing discussed on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Was his career over? Would he be viewed as damaged goods? Licht knew he was going to be OK—but did the rest of his peers? In this presentation, he focuses on facing his fears and shares what he learned from the mistakes he made when he went back to work.
- Starting from Scratch
How do you break down walls and change a work culture in order to build something new within the framework of an old world? How do you convince your staff and organization that this time it IS different? In this presentation, Chris Licht shares the real-life examples of building Morning Joe and CBS This Morning.
Chris Licht serves as Executive Producer and showrunner for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He joined The Late Show in May 2016 after five years at CBS News, most recently as vice president of programming for CBS News and executive producer of CBS’s critically acclaimed morning news program, CBS This Morning. Under Licht’s guidance, CBS This Morning became the Network's most successful morning newscast in more than two decades, generating CBS’s largest audience in the time period in 23 years during the fourth quarter of 2015. During Licht’s tenure as executive producer, CBS This Morning earned a prestigious Peabody Award, two News and Documentary Emmys and one Daytime Emmy. Also, the broadcast and Licht were honored with an Alfred I.DuPont-Columbia Award as part of CBS News’ division-wide coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In May 2016, Licht was promoted to Executive Vice President of Special Programming, CBS Corporation. In this position, Licht will consult on various forms of content for divisions across the company.
Licht joined CBS News from MSNBC with a wealth of experience in television news. He was the co-creator and original executive producer of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and was at the helm as the show garnered critical acclaim for its interviews with newsmakers and perspective on the top news stories. In addition to covering nearly every important news event in recent history, Licht led the show’s comprehensive on-location coverage of the 2008 election. Before Morning Joe, Licht was a senior producer and then executive producer of Joe Scarborough’s Scarborough Country on MSNBC.
Licht began his career at KNBC in Los Angeles, distinguishing himself early on during the O.J. Simpson trial. Over the next seven years at KNBC, he moved up to special projects producer, coordinated the station’s Olympics coverage and then produced the Channel 4 News at 11. In 2001, NBC moved Licht to the San Francisco Bay area where he played an integral role on the transition team during the network’s purchase of KNTV. Following the transition, he remained with the station as executive producer.
Licht’s first book, What I Learned When I Almost Died, was published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS, in May 2011.
Licht graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science. He lives in New York with his wife and their two sons.
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