CMA Awards 2018

'The Late Show' Seeks Artist Booker as Senior Music Producer Exits

Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on June 27, 2016.

Artists hoping to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will soon have to reckon with a new gatekeeper for the coveted slots.


Twenty years after beginning her career at The Late Show, first with David Letterman, Sheryl Zelikson is leaving her job as the show’s senior music producer.



“This was a very amicable decision between Sheryl and the show. We wish her great things for the future,” said a spokeswoman for The Late Show.


CBS, meanwhile, is shopping for a new “music booker” with the ability to discover new talent, book “big names,” and “bring big ideas for innovative ways to produce music for both broadcast and digital.”


It’s a powerful role in the music industry, as nationally televised late-night-show appearances can boost an act’s sales, streaming and social media buzz to varying degrees. 



In a farewell note to colleagues, Zelikson -- who booked acts from Anderson .Paak to Pearl Jam -- noted that she’d started as a mailroom clerk and looked forward to continuing to champion great talent.


“Artists have been discovered, careers made, and it has been a tremendous privilege to have been an integral part of the process for over two decades,” wrote Zelikson.