CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2010 |
Robert Trachinger, a longtime ABC television executive and professor at UCLA's school of theater, film and television, has died. He was 86. Trachinger died Sept. 19 of heart failure at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, his family said. He retired from ABC in 1985 as a vice president after a wide-ranging career with the network and its affiliate in Los Angeles, KABC. His titles included vice president and general manager of broadcast operations and engineering on the West Coast.
July 31, 2010 |
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.
September 21, 2009 |
In the opening of ABC's new drama "FlashForward," the world's population blacks out at the same moment and has a vision of events on a day in April 2010. ABC executives, particularly Entertainment Group President Steve McPherson, may also be having visions of what the future will look like seven months from now. By then it will be clear to them whether the network's risky move to premiere twice as many new shows as its rivals this fall has paid off or not. The Walt Disney Co.-owned network, which last season ranked third in prime time, is facing its toughest programming challenge in years.
February 5, 2009 |
ABC has picked up the sitcom "Surviving Suburbia" with Bob Saget for a high-profile 9:30 p.m. Monday time slot after "Dancing With the Stars" this spring. If the title of the show -- which has Saget playing a cynical suburban dad -- sounds familiar, that's because it was supposed to premiere this year on the CW, part of a Sunday lineup farmed out to the mini-studio Media Rights Capital. But in November, CW abruptly yanked the entire MRC schedule, with a network executive declaring that it was "simply not working."
September 5, 2007 |
Among the nearly two dozen television DVDs slated for nationwide release on Sept. 11 is the second season of "Bones," the third season of "Grey's Anatomy" and the miniseries "The Starter Wife" that aired earlier this year. Not on the list on that day or any other in the near future is last year's highly controversial "The Path to 9/11."
April 26, 2007 |
Andrea Wong, one of the architects of the ABC network's ratings renaissance, today is expected to be named chief executive of Lifetime Entertainment Services with marching orders to return the beleaguered cable channel to its former glory. Wong will replace Betty Cohen, said an executive close to the Lifetime board who asked not to be named because the announcement was not made official Wednesday.