CBS Daytime Promotes Three Executives

Margot Wain, Ray Paolantonio and Laurie Seidman
Margot Wain has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, and Ray Paolantonio and Laurie Seidman have been promoted to Vice Presidents, Daytime Programs, it was announced today by Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution.

“CBS Daytime is stronger than ever. The Network has been #1 in daytime for a record 30 years, and our lineup of dramas, talk and game shows recently took home an industry-leading 14 Daytime Emmy Awards,” said McDaniel. “Margot, Ray and Laurie have each made indelible contributions to these shows, and they will continue to help the Network remain television’s favorite daytime destination.”

In her new position, Wain will continue as the current executive on network television’s #1 daytime series, The Price is Right, and daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, while working with writers and producers on all day-to-day creative and strategic elements.

Wain has been associated with The Bold and the Beautiful since the daytime drama’s premiere in 1987, and previously served as the current executive on The Young and the Restless, television’s #1 daytime drama, for more than 30 years.

Wain began her career at WBBM-TV Chicago as a researcher in news, moving up to writer/producer for a magazine show and then news writer. She transferred to CBS in Los Angeles to work in the Program Practices department. Later, she joined Daytime as Manager before being promoted to Associate Director, Director and, most recently, Vice President.

In Paolantonio’s new post, he is responsible for oversight of Let's Make a Deal and CBS Dream Team... It's Epic!, the Network’s Saturday morning young adult E/I programming block. He also oversees daytime scheduling.

He joined CBS in August 1999 as an assistant in drama development and moved into the alternative series development department during the first two seasons of Survivor, The Amazing Race and Big Brother. He joined the Daytime department in February 2001 as an assistant and was promoted to Coordinator, Daytime Programs in April 2003. Paolantonio was upped to Manager, Daytime Programs in April 2008 and Director in 2013. He is a graduate of Hofstra University.

Seidman, in her new role, serves as the current executive on The Talk and is also responsible for the strategy and management of CBS Daytime’s social media accounts. She joined CBS Entertainment in July 2012 as Director, Daytime Programs. Prior to joining CBS, she was a producer on the Network series “Medium,” and has worked on nearly 300 hours of primetime scripted drama under JJ Abrams, Glenn Gordon Caron and Ronald L. Schwary. She started her career as a broadcast associate at CBS News Productions.

A graduate of Temple University, she recently received the school’s highest honor, The Lew Klein Excellence in Media Award. She was also inducted into Temple’s Hall of Fame.

In addition, Jacqueline Wickert, Vice President, Daytime Programs, now serves as current executive on The Young and the Restless.

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