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John Hamlin

Senior Vice President, Music Events and Talent

As Senior Vice President of Music Events and Talent for CMT, John Hamlin oversees all live music and event programming for the network including such shows as the annual “CMT Music Awards,” “CMT Artists of the Year” and the long-running critical hit, “CMT Crossroads.” In addition, Hamlin is responsible for all aspects of talent booking and label relations for on-air initiatives.

Since joining CMT in 2007, Hamlin has garnered distinction for combining country’s biggest stars with mainstream icons to create memorable moments at the annual “CMT Music Awards.” In 2012, the live awards show hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell became the network’s third highest-rated awards telecast in history and broke records in social media, claiming the #1 trending position worldwide soon after it began.

Hamlin serves as executive producer for the critically-acclaimed series “CMT Crossroads,” which under his direction has paired such artists as Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. His team is also responsible for the creation of CMT’s new weekly show combining entertainment and country music news, “CMT Hot 20 Countdown,” hosted by channel favorites Cody Alan, Alecia Davis and Katie Cook.

An Emmy Award-winning producer, Hamlin has over 30 years of television experience, including 20 years as a producer for CBS News’ award-winning show, “60 Minutes,” where he worked with journalists Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft, Bob Simon and Anderson Cooper to produce segments on the biggest names in entertainment including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill, Madonna, Paul McCartney, U2 and the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith. His background also includes posts with CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN, where he worked high-profile events such as the Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls and NBA Finals. Hamlin has received five national Emmy nominations and two wins, and he is a recipient of the esteemed Edward R. Murrow awards for news writing from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

Based at CMT’s headquarters in Nashville, Hamlin serves on the board of the Country Music Association (CMA), is a member of the Academy of Country Music (ACM), National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and an alumnus of Leadership Music. He continues to produce two “60 Minutes” segments per year, including Grammy night profiles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 with Coldplay, Beyonce, Lady Gago and Adele, respectively.

(Updated 1/2013)