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.
August 10, 1996
Re: Kim Fleary's departure from ABC ("ABC Will Take New Risks, New Entertainment President Vows," Calendar, July 27, and "Briefly," Business, Aug. 3.) As a Latino, my family, children and friends still await the day when we can watch prime-time television that looks like America. Where ethnic homogeneity is not the rule of the day. Just when it looks like the networks are about to take one step forward we discover that they are all too often taking two steps back. Kim Fleary, ABC's vice president of comedy for years, and an African American, has been shown the door with the arrival of the Jamie Tarses regime.
February 9, 2011 |
Matthew Perry returns to series television Wednesday night as co-creator and star of the ABC single-camera sitcom "Mr. Sunshine. " For insurance, he has brought along producer Jamie Tarses, who helped develop "Friends," on which Perry starred for a generation, and Thomas Schlamme, who directed and produced Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Perry's last-known television address. Not surprisingly, what they arrived at combines the extreme characters of a traditional wacky workplace comedy with the big-canvas naturalism of the Sorkin shows.
August 27, 1999 |
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.
January 8, 1997 |
ABC Entertainment Chairman Ted Harbert resigned Tuesday, ending 20 years at the network where he had spent his entire career. The resignation is the most significant executive shift at the network since it was acquired by Walt Disney Co. in February. It leaves in charge a relatively inexperienced network head, Jamie Tarses, 32, who became president of ABC Entertainment last summer amid a slide in prime-time ratings.
July 29, 1997 |
It's Jamie mania! Ever since becoming president of ABC Entertainment a year ago, Jamie Tarses has gripped the media and Hollywood--underscoring the celebrity status of top entertainment executives and business leaders. These days, even the New York tabloids would just as soon run dishy items about "Jamie"--as she has been referred to by one publication--as they would about the steamy love lives of Brad Pitt or Madonna.