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October 31, 1987 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
B. Donald (Bud) Grant resigned Friday as president of CBS Entertainment, five weeks into a prime-time season that is shaping up as one of the network's worst ever. A successor was not immediately named. Grant, head of the network's entertainment division since November, 1980, will go into independent production with a company called Bud Grant Productions. CBS was No.
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October 31, 1987 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
B. Donald (Bud) Grant resigned Friday as president of CBS Entertainment, five weeks into a prime-time season that is shaping up as one of the network's worst ever. A successor was not immediately named. Grant, head of the network's entertainment division since November, 1980, will go into independent production with a company called Bud Grant Productions. CBS was No.
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December 2, 1987 | RICK SHERWOOD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
B. Donald (Bud) Grant has found office space at 20th Century Fox Studios, but he hasn't found a professional home there. The former chief of CBS Entertainment has moved into offices in the TV building at Fox, but a spokesman for the recently formed Bud Grant Productions said he is only occupying space there and has not gone into business with the studio. "He didn't want to work out of his house," the spokesman said.
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May 5, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
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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.
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May 15, 1987 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 17, 1987 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 10, 1987 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 12, 1985 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
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?
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September 11, 1986 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
Television's latest triumvirate of program czars made their Hollywood debut Tuesday in what amounted to an official coming-out party for their newest member, ABC's Brandon Stoddard. Stoddard appeared alongside fellow network entertainment presidents B. Donald (Bud) Grant of CBS and Brandon Tartikoff of NBC at the annual "Fall Preview" luncheon meeting of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, which lured a record-breaking attendance to the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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