Barbara Gaines, who was named an executive producer of the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN in May 2000, has worked for David Letterman for over 25 years.
She began in June 1980 as a production assistant on "The David Letterman Show," Letterman's NBC morning program. When "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered in February 1982, she joined the staff, and she rose from production assistant to production coordinator to associate producer during the show's 11?-year run. In 1996, she was promoted to producer of the LATE SHOW. She has worked on all 1,810 "Late Night" broadcasts and all 2600-plus episodes of the LATE SHOW.
In her eleven years as a producer for the LATE SHOW, Gaines has received eleven Emmy nominations and has won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002).
In addition to working for Letterman, she has worked in production for the Orange Bowl Parade; "One of the Boys," a comedy series starring Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane and Dana Carvey, and "The $50,000 Pyramid." She began her career making home movies in her native Long Island.
Gaines was born on June 10, 1957, and raised in Hewlett, N.Y. She was graduated in 1979 from Ithaca College with a B.A. in educational television. She lives in New York with her partner of 15 years, Aari Blake Ludvigsen and son, Simon Michael Ludvigsen Gaines.