May 5, 1992 |
Deal Makers: Former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Laurel Entertainment said Monday they have landed the rights to produce a television movie based on the World War II exploits of the all-black 761st Tank Battalion, whose soldiers were among the first to reach and help liberate concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau. . . . Also Monday, Grant/Tribune Productions announced a new deal with Walt Disney Television to develop and produce television programming. B.
July 30, 1993
Leslie Maskin has joined the TV literary department of United Talent Agency, where she will package TV projects and individually represent writers and producers. Maskin previously worked as vice president of business affairs at NBC, after beginning her career as a program attorney at ABC in 1986. She holds a law degree from Fordham University. Greg Peck is the new vice president of promotion and black music marketing at Qwest Records. He will oversee its urban marketing and promotion efforts.
May 15, 1987 |
CBS Chief Executive Laurence Tisch, who has been sharply criticized for 215 layoffs at CBS News and job cuts elsewhere in the company, said Thursday that no more major staff reductions are planned. "Layoffs of the type we've been going through are over," Tisch said. "That's over." However, he said, "rolling (personnel) adjustments that take place in every other business in America will take place at CBS." Such actions, he said, mean that jobs could be eliminated--or added--as needed.
November 17, 1987 |
In a move that reflects a renewed emphasis on series programming, CBS has laid off 20 of its 35-member TV movie and miniseries development staff, including several vice presidents, a network spokeswoman confirmed Monday. Ann Morfogen said the cuts resulted from the network's decision last spring to reduce the number of movie blocks in its prime-time schedule this season from three to one. "We still have all of that staffing we had for last year's requirements.
November 10, 1987 |
Kim LeMasters, vice president of programs at CBS for the past 19 months, was appointed president of the network's entertainment division Monday. LeMasters, who will turn 38 next week, replaces B. Donald (Bud) Grant, who resigned from the position Oct. 30 to go into independent production amid rumors that he had been forced out following several seasons of steadily declining prime-time ratings.
September 12, 1985 |
They've prepped their programs, fine-tuned their schedules and plugged in their promo campaigns. Now, the most the programming czars at the three major networks can do--at least until the first round of cancellations--is book front-row seats for the prime-time ratings race. That . . . and worry. So, with the fall season about to begin, which new shows on their competitors' lineups do Lewis Erlicht of ABC, Brandon Tartikoff of NBC and B. Donald (Bud) Grant of CBS fear most?