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September 17, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
CBS Executive Moves to Cable: Rod Perth, head of late-night programming at the network since 1989 and one of the executives who helped hire David Letterman away from NBC, was named programming chief at cable television's USA Networks. In his position as president of USA Networks Entertainment, Perth will be responsible for the development and production of programming for USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Pictures.
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July 19, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA has found a formula that has made its series click with viewers: Take a one-hour drama, add attractive stars, plenty of action, colorful locales and mix with a dash of sex. The recipe has paid off handsomely for the cable network's Sunday evening lineup of "Pacific Blue," "Silk Stalkings" and the slick thriller, "La Femme Nikita." In fact, the detective series "Silk Stalkings" will be celebrating its eighth season and "Pacific Blue" its fourth season next Sunday.
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July 19, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA has found a formula that has made its series click with viewers: Take a one-hour drama, add attractive stars, plenty of action, colorful locales and mix with a dash of sex. The recipe has paid off handsomely for the cable network's Sunday evening lineup of "Pacific Blue," "Silk Stalkings" and the slick thriller, "La Femme Nikita." In fact, the detective series "Silk Stalkings" will be celebrating its eighth season and "Pacific Blue" its fourth season next Sunday.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
CBS Executive Moves to Cable: Rod Perth, head of late-night programming at the network since 1989 and one of the executives who helped hire David Letterman away from NBC, was named programming chief at cable television's USA Networks. In his position as president of USA Networks Entertainment, Perth will be responsible for the development and production of programming for USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
ABC News has named Dorrance Smith the new executive producer of "Nightline," while CBS has appointed Rod Perth, a 23-year CBS veteran, vice president of late-night programs, including "The Pat Sajak Show." Smith, former executive producer of ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley," succeeds Rick Kaplan, who left "Nightline" in May to produce "PrimeTime Live," ABC's new Thursday night news series co-anchored by Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1999 | Sallie Hofmeister
Rod Perth, formerly president of entertainment for USA Networks, was named president of Jim Henson Television Group Worldwide, a division of Jim Henson Co. Perth is credited with expanding USA's original programming, overseeing the highly rated miniseries "Moby Dick" and one the network's star series, "La Femme Nikita." He left USA in July in a management shake-up after Barry Diller assumed control of the network and other television assets in a transaction with Seagram Co.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1998
Rod Perth resigned as chief of programming for the USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel, continuing the housecleaning in television operations since Barry Diller acquired them in February from Universal Studios Inc. Perth, formerly an executive at CBS, joined USA in 1994 and spearheaded the cable channel's forays into original programming with such series as "La Femme Nikita" and its first mini-series, "Moby Dick," which scored the highest ratings of any original entertainment production on cable.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2002 | Brian Lowry, Times Staff Writer
Fox Television Group Chairman Sandy Grushow took time from his busy schedule last week -- which includes wrestling with how to improve the network's lineup -- to continue a well-established Hollywood tradition. He played himself in a prime-time sitcom. Grushow will be seen next year -- possibly during the February sweeps -- in an episode of "Yes, Dear," the CBS comedy sandwiched between "King of Queens" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."
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October 14, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the heels of taking legal action to shorten his name, Patrick Leonard Sajdak had his low-rated TV program shortened Friday. Beginning Oct. 30, CBS said, "The Pat Sajak Show" will be cut back from 90 minutes to one hour, airing 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1991 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS Television affiliates, after four years of finishing third in the prime-time ratings and watching the network fail in every attempt to revive its fortunes, appeared to be in an unusually upbeat mood Thursday at their annual meeting with CBS management. Despite an industrywide advertising recession that has severely hurt the profits of local stations, many CBS affiliates were optimistic about the future of the network.
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April 28, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Confused about who's doing what with whom and when in the area of digital television and the "convergence" of TVs and PCs? Unclear on what the federal government's recent approval of digital TV broadcasting will mean in terms of new types of programming? Well, the people who create programming aren't too clear on it either. But that hasn't stopped many of them from experimenting and building alliances in the hope of being ready for the next big thing.
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April 4, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even before its launch Sunday, Home Box Office's splashy docudrama "From the Earth to the Moon" is generating Earth-bound controversy regarding its classification for the nighttime Emmy Awards. Specifically, top executives at NBC, CBS, ABC and the USA cable network have written the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the body that governs the Emmys, vehemently objecting to the 12-hour production being entered as a candidate for outstanding miniseries.
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