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Cheddar, the leading post cable network, announced today that Elyssa Starkman has joined the team as Director of Original Programming and Development. In this role reporting to Cheddar Chief Content Officer Peter Gorenstein, the Refinery29 veteran will be charged with building out Cheddar’s live and on-demand scripted and unscripted original programming.

“Over the last few months we’ve found great success beyond our live broadcast on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn among other social platforms. Elyssa’s immense creativity and gift of managing teams and large projects sets up perfectly for more growth on these platforms,” noted Gorenstein. …

The Cheddar family is growing. It’s with great excitement that we’re announcing the addition of two new anchors.

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We’re thrilled to have J.D. Durkin join today as our newest Chedhead. Until recently, J.D. was at Mediaite, where he was the editorial producer for video and live broadcast. During his time there, J.D. wrote daily columns covering the 2016 election, late night comedy, and trending news. J.D. has appeared on Cheddar many times as a guest. In fact, he was so great during his appearances we had to have him on the team.

In his spare time, J.D. contributes as a panelist and guest host to the political comedy show Electoral Dysfunction in New York. J.D. graduated with a B.A. in English and Irish Studies from Villanova University. He snaps, grams, and tweets at @jiveDurkey. …


Peter Gorenstein

As Chief Content Officer Pete oversees the editorial team. Sometimes on-camera to add commentary, hear Jon’s complaints & host “Pete on the Street”

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