James "Jim" Paratore (August 13, 1953 – May 29, 2012) was an American television producer whose credits included The Tyra Banks Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Paratore co-founded the TMZ web site in 2005 and its companion television show, TMZ on TV, in 2007.
Paratore was the President of Warner Bros. Telepictures Productions from 1992 to 2006. He developed Telepictures' slate of daytime syndicated and prime time reality shows, including ABC's The Bachelor. As President of Telepictures, Paratore oversaw the creation of some of the studio's most prominent shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and The Bachelor. Paratore remained the executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the syndicated daytime talk show which debuted in 2003, even after departing his Telepictures in 2006.
He also served as the Vice President of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution from 2002 until his death in 2012.
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