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June 14, 1996
Jamie Tarses, a former senior NBC-TV development executive, is expected to begin serious negotiations with Walt Disney Co. this weekend about joining ABC Entertainment as president. Tarses, who until recently went by her married name Jamie McDermott, is officially released from her contract with NBC on Saturday. Sources say Ted Harbert, the current president, has been offered a new position as chairman of ABC Entertainment but may not accept the job.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Fans of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" would like to serve ABC a smackwich. Since news leaked Tuesday that the network is canceling the sitcom, fans have risen up in support of the show, which stars Krysten Ritter as Chloe, an amoral party girl in New York. Among Chloe's favorite expressions: "Smackwich," used at times when she slaps both sides of a victim's face simultaneously. "So upsetting when terrible shows like 'Big Bang' and 'Two [and a Half] Men' are still on the air and a smart show like this gets canceled," one user wrote on the Facebook page "Save 'Don't Trust the B in Apt 23,'" which was started in late December (fans were beginning to worry about ABC's lack of vocal support for the show even then)
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BUSINESS
March 8, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rob Dwek will become the No. 2 executive at ABC Entertainment, reporting to President Jamie Tarses, the network confirmed. Dwek, 32, is expected to join ABC in April. The executive has spent 2 1/2 years at Kushner-Locke, an independent company known mainly for producing TV movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The debate over violence on TV is heating up, with a parents' group attacking ABC for a "graphic and disturbing" torture scene on the political drama "Scandal. " "On the very same night that Vice President Joe Biden met with entertainment industry leaders to discuss the issue of media violence and its impact on children, ABC - the television network owned by a company named for Walt Disney - aired an intense, explicit and bloodied torture scene during its show 'Scandal,'" the Parents Television Council wrote in a statement Monday.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1996 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and BRIAN LOWRY
In the latest shake-up at ABC, Michael Rosenfeld resigned late Monday as senior vice president of the entertainment group after less than a year on the job, according to sources close to the firm. ABC would not comment and Rosenfeld did not return calls. But sources say Rosenfeld resigned from the third-ranking position in the group because of friction with his new boss, Jamie Tarses, who became president of ABC Entertainment in June after holding a top programming position at NBC Entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
In a move that caught the television industry by surprise, Brandon Stoddard resigned Tuesday as president of ABC Entertainment, saying "it's just no fun anymore." Always the reluctant administrator since taking over the top programming position on Nov. 12, 1985, Stoddard will stay on until his successor is named "in a couple of days."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1989 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
ABC split its entertainment division in two Thursday and named CBS executive Michael Brockman to the newly created position of president of daytime, children's and late-night entertainment. At CBS and NBC, and heretofore at ABC, those programming areas have been contained within the same entertainment division that was responsible for prime-time programming.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jamie Tarses' three-year run as president of ABC Entertainment--which began tumultuously and seemed to seldom stray from that course--has come to an equally messy conclusion, with the 35-year-old executive resigning Thursday, just days after the network denied the latest report she would be forced out. As the first woman to head a network entertainment division, and one of the youngest executives to do so when chosen at age 32, Tarses has been closely scrutinized during her tenure.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
It is a little after 8 a.m. Monday, and an aide hands Robert Iger, the president of ABC Entertainment, the overnight TV ratings for 23 major markets. This is the daily report card and lottery all rolled into one for network executives--the measure of their worth and instincts. It's the real payoff for as long as they can take the pressure. Iger, 38, studies the numbers carefully. He is delighted. One of ABC's new series, "America's Funniest Home Videos," has done well again.
BUSINESS
October 31, 1995
Stuart Bloomberg has been named to the new position of president for television creative services at Capital Cities/ABC Inc. His responsibilities include the overall development of programming; he will retain responsibilities for all prime-time series development at ABC Entertainment through the 1995-96 season. Also, Michael Rosenfeld, a television agent at Creative Artists Agency, has been named to the new position of senior vice president at ABC Entertainment.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2010 | By Meg James and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Paul Lee, the executive who revived Walt Disney Co.'s moribund ABC Family channel with shows that appealed to the sensibilities of the millennial generation, was elevated Friday to president of ABC Entertainment Group. Lee immediately takes over for Steve McPherson, who abruptly stepped down this week. The 50-year-old, London-born Lee, a former BBC television executive, will oversee creative and business operations for the broadcast network as well as ABC Studios, the company's in-house TV production unit.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2010 | By Meg James and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. is poised to elevate an executive who began his career as a reporter covering the strife in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the new president of ABC Entertainment. Now, Paul Lee will venture into another divided landscape to pick up the pieces after ABC's short-fused president, Steve McPherson, abruptly resigned this week. Lee was on vacation Wednesday and not available for comment. Disney executives were uncertain whether his new employment agreement would be completed by Sunday, when McPherson was supposed to take the stage in Beverly Hills to tout ABC's new fall shows to more than 200 reporters.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2010 | Meg James and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Time
Former ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson had been known in Hollywood over the last six years for his hair-trigger temper, tussles with his bosses and taking big swings to find the next ratings juggernaut to replace "Lost." Along the way, ABC spent more than $500 million producing TV pilots, buying scripts and signing deals with writers and producers to create new shows. Yet despite numerous splashy prospects — including "Dirty Sexy Money," "Flash Forward," "V" and "Pushing Daisies" — McPherson never hit one out of the park.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2009 | Joe Flint
Driven by a need to overhaul its program development process and cut costs, Walt Disney Co.'s ABC has finalized a complex consolidation of its ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios operations. The restructuring and creation of the ABC Entertainment Group, announced in January but completed only Thursday, will combine many of the business and creative functions of the two units.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. has signed its hard-charging top television programmer to a new contract. Steve McPherson, 43, ABC's entertainment president, has been the chief architect of the network's ratings revival, developing such shows as "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" and greenlighting other favorites, including "Dancing With the Stars" and "Brothers & Sisters." He stepped into the job four years ago when ABC's previous regime was tossed out after several seasons of fourth-place finishes and steep financial losses.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it planned to fine Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network $1.4 million for airing an episode of "NYPD Blue" in 2003 that showed a woman's nude buttocks. The company said it opposed the fine and planned to appeal. The FCC said it was seeking $27,500 for each of 52 stations in the Central and Mountain time zones that aired the scene in the 9 to 10 p.m. time slot in violation of federal restrictions against broadcasting "obscene material" between 6 a.m.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1997 | (Brian Lowry)
Rob Dwek, who joined ABC Entertainment as executive vice president in April, is negotiating to leave the network. Dwek, 32, was hired as a second-in-command to ABC Entertainment President Jamie Tarses, but ABC subsequently installed Stu Bloomberg as chairman of the division over Tarses, changing the division's structure. Prior to ABC, Dwek worked at Kushner-Locke, an independent production company.
NEWS
November 12, 1985 | Associated Press
American Broadcasting Cos. further shuffled the top ranks of its entertainment operation today, naming Brandon Stoddard to oversee the company's programming efforts. Stoddard will replace Lewis H. Erlicht as president of ABC Entertainment. The announcement comes a day after Anthony D. Thomopoulos resigned as president of the ABC Broadcast Group. No replacement was named for Thomopoulos.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2007 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Is half of "Lost" better than nothing? ABC and its producers are hoping so. The network released its strike-affected midseason schedule Friday and, in a surprise move, said that beginning Jan. 31 it would put the island mystery in the Thursday night time slot vacated by "Grey's Anatomy," which is running out of fresh episodes.
NEWS
September 12, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
ABC heads into the 59th Prime-Time Emmy Awards on Sunday leading the network pack in nominations with 70 -- though just barely; NBC logged in with 69. Still, it's good to finish atop the network heap especially with multiple nods in prestigious categories like outstanding drama ("Boston Legal" and "Grey's Anatomy") and comedy ("Ugly Betty"). We talked with ABC President of Entertainment Stephen McPherson about the upcoming television awards and the fall season ahead.
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