Guiding Banks' way is Lisa Hackner, senior VP of development for Telepictures Productions, the arm of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that is producing the show.
"There is really not a talk show on the air right now that is geared toward a younger female audience who are beginning that journey in life," Hackner
"Because of Tyra's background and her
ability to speak out about a broad range of subject matter and topics, she
can speak to these younger women about the things she
In the show's pilot, Banks gives viewers a glimpse of what she looks like without all the tricks of the trade, in an attempt to close the gap between reality and Hollywood glamour.
And Banks immediately took to Hackner
, who is helping build the show from the ground up.
has a great feel for the demo we are going after.
is so passionate, and she
is an amazing brainstormer," says Banks.
has a great spin on how to make people think they are seeing something they've never seen before."
As for Hackner
, 43, she
is impressed with how involved Banks is: "She
comes to meetings with a notebook full of ideas and with things typed out, ready to present.
is serving as one of the show's main wizards behind the curtain.
She returned to Telepictures in July 2004, after serving as executive VP at Universal Domestic Television, which was acquired by NBC the previous March.
Hackner got her start at Telepictures in 1990 as a receptionist and climbed the ranks.
prides herself on developing daytime shows, such as The Rosie O'Donnell Show, that capitalize on the personality of the host.
For Tyra, Hackner wants to show a "real" Banks but will obviously employ the runway that is emblematic of the model's career.
"We're not trying to fit a square peg into a round hole," Hackner