June 19, 2001 |
Jeff Zucker's friends back East at NBC News joke about the former "Today" show executive producer's newly acquired, stereotypical Hollywood fondness for his cell phone and car phone that quickly became fixtures of his job as Entertainment President of the network. Former WB Network chief executive Jamie Kellner, meanwhile, recently quipped to reporters that he has become so committed to news that he has had CNN, one of his charges as the new Turner Broadcasting head, tattooed on his posterior.
December 4, 1997 |
As chief executive of the upstart WB Network, currently in its third season, Jamie Kellner has once again displayed a penchant for risk-taking and innovation that he was known for in his eight years as president of Fox Broadcasting. The difference this time is that he is putting his money where his mouth is.
February 19, 2003 |
After two turbulent years that saw CNN's prime-time shows slip behind those of rival Fox News Channel, Jamie Kellner is stepping down as chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc.'s cable networks. Kellner, 55, told top AOL executives late last year that he wanted to resign to return to his home in Santa Barbara and tend to the WB -- the network he founded -- before retiring next year.
March 7, 2001 |
In a move that breaks down entrenched Time Warner fiefdoms, AOL Time Warner has merged its broadcast and cable networks and named the founder and chairman of the company's WB network,Jamie Kellner, as chief. AOL's surprising move is in keeping with its take-no-prisoners style as it eliminates barriers to growth and cross-promotion. "AOL is treading where Time Warner feared to tread," said Tom Wolzien, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
November 13, 2002 |
AOL Time Warner has agreed to pay Jamie Kellner and eight other founding executives of the WB television network nearly $110 million in January for their 11% stake, setting the total value of the 7-year-old network at about $1 billion, according to several people with knowledge of the deal. AOL Time Warner said the agreement was negotiated in the spring of 2001 as part of Kellner's promotion to his current job as chief executive of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
February 14, 1988 |
Fox Broadcasting's late, not-necessarily-so-great "Wilton North Report" is the stuff of history. Yes, very brief history. It was scheduled to open Nov. 30--then was postponed to Dec. 11. It lasted until Jan. 5. One of its employees was the writer here, who is editor-publisher of the Realist and a stand-up satirist--and an occasional contributor to these pages. Calendar asked him for an insider's view on the show, its hopes, its fears, its ambitions--and its demise.