October 9, 1986
MCA Inc., parent of Universal Studios, promoted a series of executives in its MCA television group. Al Rush was named chairman of the unit, while Robert A. Harris was promoted to president. For the past five years, Rush had been president of the TV unit, while Harris was president of Universal Television. Named to succeed Harris was Kerry McCluggage, who was senior vice president of Universal Television. MCA's television group includes Universal Television, MCA TV, MCA Television Ltd.
November 11, 1994 |
* Television: Paramount Television Group has signed a first-look contract with MTV Productions. Both companies are owned by Viacom Inc. and the announcement followed the launching of their first collaboration, the syndicated "Jon Stewart Show." Under the deal, MTV will develop, create and produce series for network television and first-run syndication. Kerry McCluggage, chairman of Paramount Television Group, said the new contract will give Paramount access to hip talent and a young attitude.
June 16, 1994
The motion picture and television industry spent $112 million in South Bay communities in 1992, according to a study released this week. The study was the first attempt by the Hollywood entertainment industry to pinpoint how much it contributes to the economy in California. Commissioned by the Public Affairs Coalition of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, the study's figures are three times previous estimates.
February 21, 1992
William Bernstein has resigned as president of financially troubled Orion Pictures Corp. to become executive vice president of Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. Bernstein will report to Paramount Chairman Brandon Tartikoff. He will be responsible for the studio's business affairs, legal, finance and studio administration departments. The Paramount job offer came to Bernstein through a mutual friend of his and Tartikoff, sources said.
November 5, 1995
Before NBC's Warren Littlefield and Paramount's Kerry McCluggage anoint David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee as the saviors of TV, let's look at the facts ("Post-'Frasier' Cheers," by Steve Weinstein, Oct. 22). Using "Cheers" as the hammer, Paramount compelled NBC to give the trio's "Wings" the time slot following "Cheers," a guarantee of success. When "Wings" ran in non-protected time slots, its ratings were terrible. And their "Frasier" has a built-in sampling appeal to the millions of "Cheers" lovers, giving it a major leg up on other new programs.